In an ongoing series, “Visionaries,” WBUR will profile individuals from Greater Boston who have become acclaimed creative leaders in diverse fields: science, business and the arts.

This series airs on WBUR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and is funded in part by The Boston Foundation.

A ‘Messenger To Mankind,’ Elie Wiesel Continues His Fight Against Indifference

February 10, 2014

BOSTON — Fifty-four years after the publication of his seminal memoir, “Night,” the Holocaust survivor, now 85, asks: “Haven’t we learned anything?”

Visionaries: For Surgeon, Face Transplants Help Patients Emerge From ‘Social Death’

December 03, 2013
Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, of Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We profile Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a 42-year-old plastic surgeon who led a campaign to do face transplants at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Visionaries: One Harvard Scientist’s Quest To Find A Cure For His Kids

March 26, 2013
Doug Melton in his office at the Sherman Fairchild Biochemical Lab at Harvard University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When Doug Melton, one of the premier stem cell scientists in the world, found out his son had Type 1 diabetes, he transitioned from basic research to a search for a cure.

Visionaries: Harvard Doctor Bridges Research And Action In Global Health

February 01, 2013
Anne Goldfeld (right) with her patient Gizachew (center) after receiving medication for tuberculosis in Ethiopia (Oct 2010).

Dr. Anne Goldfeld does the work of three people: fighting for human rights, treating seriously ill patients in Cambodia and Ethiopia, and conducting research to help eradicate AIDS and tuberculosis.

Visionaries: Zipcar Founder Sees Success In Sharing

December 21, 2012
Robin Chase, who co-founded Zipcar, says she won't spend her time working on a company that won't have some sort of positive social impact. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Zipcar founder Robin Chase believes that collaboration is essential to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Visionaries: Dr. Jim O'Connell, Provider Of Health Care To The Homeless

November 27, 2012
Outside the Pine Street Inn van, Dr. Jim O’Connell treats a patient. (Courtesy)

Dr. Jim O’Connell has made Boston a model for how to provide health care to the homeless, and his approach is now a template for similar programs around the world.

E Ink Founder’s Startup Goal: Power The World With Efficient Nuclear Power

November 02, 2012
Russ Wilcox at his home in Natick, MA (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Russell Wilcox co-founded E Ink, the company that took a new technology out of MIT to create and build e-reader screens. Now he’s taken the helm of another start-up out of MIT with the goal of powering the world on nuclear waste alone.

Visionaries: Author M.T. Anderson, Pioneer Of Smart Young Adult Fiction

May 01, 2012
Cambridge author M.T. Anderson (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

Since the late 1990s, Cambridge author M.T. Anderson has been crafting smart, often dark books for teens that also draw adult readers.

Visionaries: Terri Lyne Carrington, Jazz Prodigy

April 24, 2012
Jazz musician Terri Lyne Carrington (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

From a teenage appearance on the “Tonight Show” to a 2012 Grammy Award, Terri Lyne Carrington remains a role model not just for drummers, but for aspiring female musicians everywhere.

Visionaries: Creative Power Couple Bill And Clara Wainwright

April 17, 2012
Old photographs of Bill and Clara in their bedroom. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Over four decades, Clara and Bill Wainwright have nurtured countless creative collaborations in Boston while making their own work and overcoming some major obstacles.

Visionaries: Musical Innovator Tod Machover

April 10, 2012
Tod Machover poses with a Beatbug, a percussive instrument that allows players to create rhythmic patterns, during a rehearsal of his Toy Symphony in New York City on May 17, 2003. (AP)

We begin a new series, “Visionaries,” by profiling the tech-driven, inventive composer Tod Machover.

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