This morning the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 MacArthur Fellows, also known as "genius grants," and Colombian atomic physicist Ana Maria Rey was one of the 24 individuals recognized for being exceptionally creative and having a track record of achievement.
“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity,” said Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program.
“They are artists, social innovators, scientists, and humanists who are working to improve the human condition and to preserve and sustain our natural and cultural heritage. Their stories should inspire each of us to consider our own potential to contribute our talents for the betterment of humankind.”
Rey, and her fellow "Geniuses," will each receive a stipend of $625,000 paid out over five years to allow them to make even more significant contributions in the future.
Watch Ana Maria Rey's MacArthur Fellows video below: