Meet this year's 26 MacArthur 'geniuses,' who each got $625,000 for changing the world
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled this year's MacArthur Fellowship Program winners on Wednesday.
- The fellowship program, which is also known as the "genius grant," distributes $625,000 to each fellow over five years.
- The 2019 winners included classicist and translator Emily Wilson as well as criminal justice reformer Lisa Daugaard.
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This year, 26 people are being celebrated for their groundbreaking contributions to fields ranging from geophysics to conceptual art. But for these "geniuses," it's all in a day's work.
On Wednesday, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled this year's cohort of MacArthur Fellowship Program winners. Each recipient is celebrated for their creative contributions to their respective fields, which include the humanities, public issues, social sciences, and STEM.The fellowship program, which is also known as the "genius grant," distributes $625,000 to each fellow over five years.
According to the foundation's president, John Palfrey, this year's group of fellows "demonstrate the power of individual creativity to reframe old problems, spur reflection, create new knowledge, and better the world for everyone. They give us reason for hope, and they inspire us all to follow our own creative instincts."
Here are this year's MacArthur "genius" grant recipients.