THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Council

  • Mary Canning

    BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) President Royal Irish Academy Chair of the Governing Authority, MU Member, PL&A 2010
  • Daniel Carey

    BA(McGill 1984), MPhil(Dubl 1987), DPhil(Oxon 1993) Vice President Professor, Director, Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, NUIG Member, PL&A 2014
  • Jane Conroy

    BA, MA(NUI), D-ès-L(Sorbonne) Vice President Professor in French, NUIG Member, PL&A 2003
  • Brendan Gabriel Cooney

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1975, 1976, 1987) Associate Professor of Archaeology, UCD Member, PL&A 2004
  • Anne Fuchs

    MA, DrPhil(Konstanz). FBA Professor and Director, Humanities Institute, UCD Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD Member, PL&A 2009
  • Stephen James Gardiner

    BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc(QUB) Treasurer Professor of Mathematics, UCD Member, Science 2000
  • Catherine Godson

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1984, 1988) Secretary for Science Professor, UCD Member, Science 2011
  • Patrick Honohan

    BA, MA(NUI), MSc, PhD(Lond) Former governor, Central Bank of Ireland Member, PL&A 2002
  • Kathleen James-Chakraborty

    BA(Yale 1982), MA, PhD(Pennsylvania 1990) Professor of Art History, UCD Member, PL&A 2011
  • Michael Bevan Jones

    BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Chair, Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee and EASAC Environmental Steering Panel Emeritus Fellow, TCD Member, Science 2003
  • Mary Kelly

    BA, PhD(Dubl 1977, 1984), MBA(DCU 1992). Former Chief Executive, An Bord Pleanála Member, Science 2007
  • Michael Peter Kennedy

    BE(NUI), MS, EE, PhD(Calif 1987, 1991), DEng (NUI 2010). CEng, Professor of Microelectronic Engineering, UCD Member, Science 2004
  • Anita Rose Maguire

    BSc(NUI 1985), PhD(NUI 1989) Vice President Vice President for Research and Innovation, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Director ABCRF, UCC Member, Science 2014
  • Martin George Southcote Mansergh

    BA(Oxon 1969, MA(Oxon 1974), DPhil(Oxon 1974), Doctorate(hc NUI 2017) Vice-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations Member, PL&A 2018
  • James Ivan McGuire

    MA, DLitt(hc NUI) Chairman, Irish Manuscripts Commission 2003-2017; Adjunct Professor, School of History and Archives, UCD Member, PL&A 2007
  • Patrick Gerald McKenna

    BSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA Senior Vice President, Member of Seven Academies Group Hon Executive Secretary and President Emeritus, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, UU Member, Science 2001
  • Eucharia Meehan

    BSc (NUI), PhD (NUI 1993), PgDip (TCD 1996), CDipAF (ACCA 1998), Registrar and CEO, DIAS Member, Science 2017
  • Valeria Nicolosi

    PhD (Dubl 2006), Laurea (University of Catania 2001) Professor of Nanomaterials & Advanced Microscopy, TCD Member, Science 2019
  • Brian Norton

    BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Chair of Policy Oversight Group Principal, TU Dublin Member, Science 2016
  • Mary O'Dowd

    BA, PhD PL&A Secretary, ALLEA Framework Programme 9 Working Group Professor Emeritus of Gender History, QUB Member, PL&A 2010
  • Shane O'Mara

    BA(NUI), MA(NUI), DPhil(Oxon), MA(jo Dubl) Professor of Experimental Brain Research, TCD. Member, Science 2011
  • Patrick Mary Shannon

    BSc, PhD. FEI, PGeo, EurGeol Secretary Emeritus Professor of Geology, UCD Member, Science 2003
  • Geraldine Sheridan

    BA, H Dip Ed, MA (NUI), PhD (Warwick) Professor Emerita in French, University of Limerick Member, PL&A 2012
  • Anngret Simms

    Staatsexamen(Cologne), PhD(Giessen) Professor Emerita, School of Geography and Planning, UCD. Member, PL&A 1994

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