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

  • Maria Baghramian

    BA(QUB 1983), PhD(Dubl 1990) ALLEA Working Group on Trust and Expertise Professor of American Philosophy, UCD Member, PL&A 2010
  • Geraldine Butler

    BA(Dubl 1984), PhD(Dubl 1989) Professor of Genetics, UCD Member, Science 2015
  • Mary Canning

    BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) Senior Vice President Board Member, Higher Education Authority Member, PL&A 2010
  • Daniel Carey

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

    BA(Oxon 1963), MA(Oxon 1968), PhD(NUI 1970), FEA Emeritus Professor of English, UCD. Member, PL&A 2006
  • Stephen James Gardiner

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

    Vice-President TCD Member, Science 2009
  • Patrick Jerome Guiry

    BSc, PhD. CChem Secretary for Science. Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Head of School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, UCD Member, Science 2013
  • Orla Hardiman

    BSc(NUI 1980), MB BCh BAO(NUI 1983), MD(NUI 1992), MRCPI (1992), FRCPI(2001) Professor of Neurology, TCD Member, Science 2015
  • Michael Peter Kennedy

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

    BSc(NUI 1985), PhD(NUI 1989) Vice President for Research and Innovation, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Director ABCRF, UCC Member, Science 2014
  • James Ivan McGuire

    MA, DLitt(hc NUI) Chairman, Irish Manuscripts Commission; Adjunct Professor, School of History and Archives, UCD Member, PL&A 2007
  • Peter Edward McHugh

    BE, ScM, PhD Policy and International Relations Secretary, EASAC Council Dean of Engineering and Informatics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, NUIG Member, Science 2011
  • Patrick Gerald McKenna

    BSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA 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
  • John Morison

    LLB, PhD(Wales) Chair, Ethical, Political, Legal and Philsophical Committee Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen's University Belfast Member, PL&A 2009
  • Mary O'Dowd

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

    BA, MA, PhD. FTCD Professor of Contemporary History, TCD Member, PL&A 2003
  • Eoin Patrick O'Reilly

    BA(Dubl 1978), PhD(Cantab 1982) Research Professor in Physics, UCC Member, Science 2010
  • 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
  • Bernadette Whelan

    BA(NUI 1981), MA(NUI 1984), PhD(NUI 1989) Vice-President Associate Professor, UL Member, PL&A 2015

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