Four Boston-area residents -- a celebrated novelist, a Harvard economist, a pediatric neurosurgeon, and a man who carves, shapes, and threads some of world’s most finely crafted bows, are among 23 people worldwide chosen to be the 2012 MacArthur Fellows and recipients of the foundation’s “genius grants.” The grants, announced Tuesday, are awarded annually. Recipients, chosen for their intense dedication and unique approaches to their professions, each receive $500,000 from the Chicago-based foundation.
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