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Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

From engineering to economics, from painting to planetary science, the range of this year's class is vast. But the MacArthur Foundation expects them all to do big things with their newfound $625,000.
The 2018 recipients of the MacArthur "genius" grant. Source: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Updated at 1:01 p.m. ET

What could possibly bring together a painter, an economist, a pastor and a planetary scientist? If you ask the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the answer is simpler than you may think: They've all shown creativity, potential for future achievements — and the likelihood that $625,000, meted out over five years, will help them complete their grand designs.

In fact, those criteria fit all 25 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, better known by its affectionate nickname, the "genius" grant. Their pursuits

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