Meet the 2005 MacArthur Fellows

  • Profile portrait of Marin Alsop

    Marin Alsop

    Orchestra Conductor

    Introducing a varied and challenging repertoire with a unique presentation approach and newly interpreting classical music to orchestras and audiences alike.

  • Profile portrait of Ted Ames

    Ted Ames

    Fisherman and Marine Conservation Specialist

    Fusing the roles of applied scientist and lobsterman to respond to increasing threats to the fishery ecosystem and to suggest needed changes in fisheries management.

  • Profile portrait of Terry Belanger

    Terry Belanger

    Rare Book Preservationist

    Raising the profile of the book as one of humankind’s greatest inventions and as an integral part of the history of technology and human communication.

  • Profile portrait of Edet Belzberg

    Edet Belzberg

    Documentary Filmmaker

    Capturing riveting and wrenching stories that depict the lives and realities of children in overlooked and under-explored conditions.

  • Profile portrait of Majora Carter

    Majora Carter

    Urban Revitalization Strategist

    Transforming the quality of life for South Bronx residents by creating new opportunities for transportation, recreation, nutrition, and economic development.

  • Profile portrait of Lu Chen

    Lu Chen


    Probing the complexities of synaptic transmission in the brain, gaining new insights into the processes of learning and memory.

  • Profile portrait of Michael Cohen

    Michael Cohen


    Reducing preventable drug and drug delivery mistakes by formulating solutions and giving national visibility to the ubiquitous and serious problems of medication error in the healthcare industry.

  • Profile portrait of Joseph Curtin

    Joseph Curtin


    Introducing to a venerable craft new strategies, expertise, and materials to produce new and world-class violins for the twenty-first century.

  • Profile portrait of Aaron Dworkin

    Aaron Dworkin

    Music Educator

    Opening access for increased numbers of minorities to careers in classical music and giving voice to diverse talent and perspective in American symphonies.

  • Profile portrait of Teresita Fernández

    Teresita Fernández

    Sculptor and Installation Artist

    Integrating architecture and the optical effects of color and light into exquisitely constructed, contemplative spaces.

  • Profile portrait of Claire Gmachl

    Claire Gmachl

    Laser Engineer

    Creating state-of-the-art lasers for novel applications in environmental monitoring, clinical diagnoses, chemical process control, and homeland security.

  • Profile portrait of Sue Goldie

    Sue Goldie

    Women's Health Physician and Researcher

    Applying rigorous analyses and interventions to transform women’s healthcare around the world and to reduce female morbidity and mortality in underserved populations.

  • Profile portrait of Steven Goodman

    Steven Goodman

    Conservation Biologist

    Studying, documenting, and protecting the endangered, diverse, and previously unknown plants and animals of Madagascar.

  • Profile portrait of Pehr Harbury

    Pehr Harbury


    Exploring the structure and activity of proteins, and developing new methods for synthesizing drugs and other biologically active molecules.

  • Profile portrait of Nicole King

    Nicole King

    Evolutionary Biologist

    Reconstructing the emergence of multicellular organisms from unicellular life and shedding new light on the development of genes and the process of evolution.

  • Profile portrait of Jon Kleinberg

    Jon Kleinberg

    Computer Scientist

    Revealing the deep structure of complex networks such as genomes or computer networks, and creating new methods to extract the information embedded in them.

  • Profile portrait of Jonathan Lethem

    Jonathan Lethem


    Weaving the conventions of noir mysteries, westerns, science fiction, and comic books into narratives that explore the relationship between high art and popular culture.

  • Profile portrait of Michael Manga

    Michael Manga


    Identifying within fluids, such as molten magma and subterranean water, clues for understanding basic geological forces and forecasting of seismic activity on earth and beyond.

  • Profile portrait of Todd Martinez

    Todd Martinez

    Theoretical Chemist

    Revealing fundamental insights into the physical basis for chemical reactions by developing new strategies for computing the quantum mechanical properties of complex molecules.

  • Profile portrait of Julie Mehretu

    Julie Mehretu


    Creating dazzling, layered pictorial planes of geometric abstractions, iconic imagery, and figurative markings that transform canvases into visually compelling excavations of multiple epochs and locales.

  • Profile portrait of Kevin Murphy

    Kevin Murphy


    Revealing economic forces shaping vital social phenomena such as wage inequality, unemployment, addiction, medical research, and economic growth.

  • Profile portrait of Olufunmilayo Olopade

    Olufunmilayo Olopade


    Translating findings on the molecular genetics of breast cancer in African-American and African women into innovative clinical practices in the United States and abroad.

  • Profile portrait of Fazal Sheikh

    Fazal Sheikh


    Using the personalizing power of portraiture to bring the faces of the world’s displaced people into focus.

  • Profile portrait of Emily Thompson

    Emily Thompson


    Bridging the history of the United States and the histories of technology, science, sound, and acoustics to examine transformations in the American soundscape.

  • Profile portrait of Michael Walsh

    Michael Walsh

    Vehicle Emissions Specialist

    Designing and implementing inventive, cost-effective programs to improve air quality for populations around the globe.


25 MacArthur Fellows Announced Today

Each new MacArthur Fellow received a phone call from the Foundation this week informing them that they will be given $500,000 in "no strings attached" support over the next five years.
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