An eclectic group that includes scientists, artists, historians, writers, a lawyer, a statistician and a photographer received this year's $625,000 "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The 24 winners, who were announced today, can spend the money as they like. The awards, given annually since 1981, are doled out over a five-year period. This year's class brings the number of recipients to nearly 900, and the amount is $125,000 more than last year's.
Kyle Abraham, 36, New York, a choreographer and dancer; Donald Antrim, 55, New York, a writing teacher; Phil Baran, 36, La Jolla, Calif., an organic chemist; C. Kevin Boyce, 39, Stanford, Calif., a paleobotanist; Jeffrey Brenner, 44, Camden, N.J., a physician; Colin Camerer, 53, Pasadena, Calif., a behavioral economist.
Jeremy Denk, 43, New York, a writer and concert pianist; Angela Duckworth, 43, Philadelphia, a research psychologist; Craig Fennie, 40, Ithaca, N.Y., a materials scientist; Robin Fleming, 57, Chestnut Hill, Mass., a medieval historian; Carl Haber, 54, Berkeley, Calif., an experimental physicist; Vijay Iyer, 41, New York, a jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and writer.
Dina Katabi, 42, Cambridge, Mass., a computer scientist; Julie Livingston, 46, New Brunswick, N.J., a medical historian; David Lobell, 34, Stanford, Calif., an agricultural ecologist; Tarell McCraney, 32, Chicago, a playwright; Susan Murphy, 55, Ann Arbor, Mich., a statistician; Sheila Nirenberg, New York, a neuroscientist.
Alexei Ratmansky, 45, New York, a choreographer; Ana Maria Rey, 36, Boulder, Colo., a theoretical physicist; Karen Russell, 32, New York, a fiction writer; Sara Seager, 42, Cambridge, Mass., an astrophysicist; Margaret Stock, 51, Anchorage, Alaska, an immigration lawyer; Carrie Mae Weems, 60, Syracuse, N.Y., a photographer and video artist.