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George Lewis Receives MacArthur Fellowship

Since 1981 the MacArthur Fellows Program has awarded its $500,000 stipend to 635 people from all walks of life. From scientists to artists, teachers to activists, the “no strings attached” MacArthur fellowships are given to “extraordinary people doing extraordinary things,” says Daniel Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program.

Fellowships are given to individuals based upon past achievements, but are also awarded as “investment[s] in a person’s originality, insight and potential,” which, according to the MacArthur Foundation, translates in a broader sense to “the benefit of human society.” Says MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton, “[This program] serves as a reminder of the importance of the creative individual in American society. In all our programs, we are committed to nurturing those who are a source of new knowledge and ideas, have the courage to challenge inherited orthodoxies and to take intellectual, scientific, and cultural risks.”

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