MacArthur Foundation announces ‘genius grant’ recipients

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Oct. 5 (UPI) — A composer, a pastor, a computer scientist and a health economist were among those selected for the 2018 MacArthur Fellows Program.

The MacArthur Foundation announced the 25 recipients of its so-called “genius” grants, a “no strings attached” award including a stipend of $625,000 paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years, intended to encourage people “of outstanding talent” to pursue their interests.

“Working in diverse fields, from the arts and sciences to public health and civil liberties, these 25 MacArthur Fellows are solving longstanding scientific and mathematical problems, pushing art forms into new and emerging territories, and addressing the urgent needs of under-resourced communities. Their exceptional creativity inspires hope in us all,” said Cecilia A. Conrad, a managing director of the foundation and the leader of the fellows program.

The fellows include 15 women and 10 men and they range in age from 28 to 60. They include the following people, as described by the foundation:


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