The MacArthur Fellowship, commonly called the MacArthur Genius Award, is an annual presentation of no-strings-attached $500,000 grants (over five years) to smart people doing amazing things in the arts and sciences. This year brought 23 awards, with eight in hard science, ranging from a robotics-obsessed public school physics teacher to a biomedical animator to a black hole researcher—and, we're proud to see, one of last year's Brilliant 10 researchers, John Dabiri.
Here, meet this year's Genius Scientists.
An 11-year-old boy taps furiously on a laptop, blasting enemies as he weaves through a maze. They wipe him out before he can reach the end—game over. Frustrated, he opens the game’s programming window, adjusts the gravity setting, and this time bounds over the baddies. Victory!
We didn't call them brilliant for nothing. Since we began singling out promising scientists two years ago, our awardees have racked up dazzling further accomplishments. Here's a sampling of what they've been up to.
By Adam VoilandPosted 10.29.2004 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
DAVID WAGNER UC Berkeley computer scientist Wagner co-authored a withering critique of an Internet-based voting system that the U.S. had planned to introduce for citizens living abroad. The report, which described multiple security flaws, led to the program’s abrupt cancellation in February.