Macarthur Fund Awards the Human Spirit
Chimamanda Adichie - A Nigerian novelist trying to bring understanding of ethnic conflicts through her words and her own experiences.
Walter Kitundu - An experimental instrument builder, composer and musician creating new instruments and possibilities for music.
Diane Meier - A geriatrician transforming how the elderly are provided medical care and having their social needs met.
Marin Soljacic - An optical physicist who realized Nikola Tesla's theory that electricity can be transmitted wirelessly; a technology that may someday be used to charge devices without the need for a power outlet.
Miguel Zenon - A jazz musician who is blending various jazz styles to fuse a new style of jazz for a new century.
Peter Pronovost - A critical care physician who is changing medical procedures to improve human error and reduce patient mortality.
John Ochsendorf - A structural engineer and architectural historian preserving historic structures and finding uses for ancient architectural techniques for contemporary use.
Jennifer Tipton - A stage lighting designer changing the relationship between stage lighting and performance.
Stephen Houston - An anthropologist revealing the Mesoamerican life from hieroglyphic inscriptions and figural art.
David Montgomery - A geomorphologist improving the understanding of the geophysical forces that shaped civilizations and continue to define our world.
Alex Ross - A music critic who continues to expand understanding of classic and contemporary music to music scholars and the general public alike.
Nancy Siraisi - A medical historian whose research has brought greater understanding of medieval and Renaissance medical history.
Rachel Wilson - A neurobiologist whose research has increased understanding of sensory physiology.
Kirsten Bomblies - A molecular biologist who is broadening our understanding of how new species originate.
Wafaa El-Sadr - An infectious disease specialist who has developed new methods for treating HIV and tuberculosis.
Andrea Ghez - An astronomer who has improved on how scientists look into the night sky by overcoming atmospheric limitations of ground-instruments.
Mary Jackson - A fiber artist who has preserved centuries-old techniques of sweetgrass basketry.
Leila Josefowicz - A violinist is bringing together traditional and contemporary works to inspire new violin compositions.
Alexei Kitaev - A physicist who has contributed to theoretical physics and continues to work on quantum systems.
Susan Mango - A biologist researching on how complex organisms form.