Forty years ago today, The New York Times announced the very first class of MacArthur Fellows. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship, we highlight the MacArthur Fellows Program’s commitment to recognizing exceptionally creative and inspiring individuals with no-strings-attached grants.
Though much has changed over the past forty years, a few things have stayed the same: MacArthur Fellows in a variety of fields have pursued their creative ideas, cultivated cross-disciplinary collaborations, and inspired us all with their field-changing endeavors.
We asked MacArthur Fellows from all classes how the Fellowship has impacted them and their work, and throughout the year we’ll share more of their reflections.
Which observations do you find most interesting? Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Fellows40.