Laser technologist to receive $500,000 MacArthur grant for genius in innovative laser applications

09/15/05

Washington, D.C. September 13, 2005 . . . . A laser technologist will receive a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship for work in engineering state-of-the-art lasers for novel applications in environmental monitoring, clinical diagnoses, chemical process control, and weaponry for homeland security.

The grants, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will be announced publicly on Tuesday, September 20th. The name of the awardee and background material will be available on a password protected website on Friday, September 16 (see info below).

Awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits, MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 grants that are bestowed with no conditions recipients may use the money as they see fit. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields and never notified of their candidacy, the recipients will learn of their selection only when they receive a call from the MacArthur Foundation to notify them of their selection.

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