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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  • Poul Holm

    BA(Aalborg 1977), MA(Aalborg 1979), DrPhil(Aarhus, 1991) Professor of Environmental History, TCD Member, PL&A 2024
  • Justin D Holmes

    BSc, PhD Chair of Nanochemistry, University College Cork Member, Science 2016
  • Patrick Honohan

    BA, MA(NUI), MSc, PhD(Lond) Former governor, Central Bank of Ireland Member, PL&A 2002
  • Iseult Honohan

    BA(NUI 1971), MA(Georgetown 1973), PhD(NUI 1987) Associate Professor. Political Theory, University College Dublin Member, PL&A 2014
  • Karl Theodore (Theo) Hoppen

    BA, MA(NUI 1961, 1964) PhD(Cantab), FBA Emeritus Professor of History, University of Hull Honorary Member, PL&A 2010
  • John Nicholas Horne

    BA, DPhil. FTCD Professor of Modern European History, TCD Member, PL&A 2005
  • Colum Hourihane

    MA(NUI 1977), PhD(Lond 1983) Former Director, Index of Christian Art, Princeton Honorary Member, PL&A 2014
  • Peijun Hu

    BS, MS(East China University), PhD(Cantab 1993) Professor in Chemistry, QUB Member, Science 2009
  • Peter Humphries

    BA, PhD, ScD(hc Szeged). FTCD Professor of Medical Molecular Genetics, TCD. Member, Science 1996
  • Una Hunt

    BMus(QUB 1976), Konzertfach Diplom-piano(Universität Für Musik, Vienna 1979), PhD(NUI 2005), DMus(hc QUB 2007) Lecturer, TU Dublin Conservatoire Member, PL&A 2024
  • Christopher Alexander Hunter

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab 1986, 1987, 1989), DSc(hc Ulster 2013). FRS Herchel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry, Cambridge Honorary Member, Science 2014
  • Áine Hyland

    BA(NUI 1966), MEd(Dubl 1975), PhD(Dubl 1982), DLitt(hc NUI 2015), DSc(hc RCSI 2016) Chair of Social Sciences Committee Emeritus Professor, UCC Member, PL&A 2018
  • George Francis Imbusch

    BSc(NUI), MSc(NUI), PhD(Stanford), DSc(NUI) Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Galway Member, Science 1977
  • Attracta Ingram

    BA(NUI 1970), PhD(Dubl 1977) Emerita Professor of Politics (Moral and Political Philosophy), UCD Member, PL&A 2008
  • Alan David Irvine

    MB BCh BAO(QUB 1991), MD(QUB 1998), FRCPI(Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2004), FRCP(Royal College of Physicians of London 2008), DSc(QUB 2016) Consultant Dermatologist/Professor of Dermatology, TCD, Children's Health Ireland, St James's Hospital Member, Science 2019
  • George William Irwin

    BSc, PhD, DSc(QUB) Emeritus Professor of Control Engineering, QUB Member, Science 2002
  • Dorota Stanislawa Iwaniec

    MA, DipEd(Jagiellonian University of Kraków 1962, 1963), DipSW, PhD(Leicester 1977, 1983), CQSW(1977) Emerita Professor of Social Work, QUB Member, PL&A 2007
  • Derek William Thomas Jackson

    BSc(UU 1990), PhD(UU 1993) Professor of Coastal Geomorphology, UU Member, Science 2021
  • Alvin Jackson

    MA, DPhil(Oxon 1986) Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History, Edinburgh Honorary Member, PL&A 2014
  • Arthur Jaffe

    BA (Princeton 1959), AB (Cantab 1961), PhD (Princeton 1966). Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science, Harvard University Honorary Member, Science 2009
  • Kathleen James-Chakraborty

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

    Doctorate of Law(Nice 1972) Hon. Consul General of Ireland in France, Irish Cultural Centre, Paris Member, PL&A 2021
  • Nuala C Johnson

    BA, MA(NUI 1983, 1985), PhD(Syracuse 1990) Professor of Geography, QUB Member, PL&A 2014
  • Michael Bevan Jones

    BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Member, EASAC Environment Steering Panel Emeritus Fellow, TCD Member, Science 2003
  • Alan Jones

    BSc(Nottm 1972), MSc(Birm 1973), PhD(Edinburgh 1977) Senior Professor Emeritus, DIAS Member, Science 2010


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