The MacArthur Foundation’s 2011 ‘Genius’ Grants

What do an architect, a lawyer, a condensed matter physicist and a cellist have in common?

They are among this year’s recipients of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, which has come to be known as the “genius award.”

After an anonymous nomination and recommendation process, 22 of the country’s innovators were granted the $500,000 award, to be paid in quarterly installments over five years.

While activism, sciences and the arts are consistently represented, the MacArthur Foundation aims to reward originality and potential in any field that shows merit for creative work.

View a slideshow and biographies of the 2011 MacArthur Fellows.

Read about 2005 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ted Ames, Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Scholar-in-Residence.

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