Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships — which include a $70,000 cash grant over two years — support early-career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada whose achievements identify them as leaders in one of eight scientific and technical fields — chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.
Representing fifty-seven colleges and universities, this year's hundred and twenty-six fellows include an economist documenting the vast sums of money hidden in tax havens by wealthy individuals and families; an ocean scientist modeling what will happen when changing temperatures force previously separated species into the same habitat; a computational biologist using high-powered computation to unearth previously undiscovered antibiotics; an astrophysicist leading the search for other worlds; a computer scientist pioneering the use of video graphics in manufacturing; and a neuroscientist studying how common psychological traits like risk aversion and delayed gratification in humans may have originated in the dietary ecology of primates.
"Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today," said Sloan Foundation president Adam F. Falk. "Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and [for] the energy and innovation with which they tackle them. To be a Sloan Fellow is to be in the vanguard of twenty-first century science."
For a complete list of the 2019 Sloan Fellows, see the Sloan Foundation site.