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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  • Stephen Leigh Kingon

    BA, DBA, DSc (QUB 1967, 1968, 2012), FCA (CAI 1973) Chairman NIE, Lagan Group and Balcas Group, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Institute of Management Member, PL&A 2014
  • Claudia Kinmonth

    MA(RCA 1988), PhD(Teesside 1997) Independent design historian Member, PL&A 2018
  • B. Therese Kinsella

    BSc, PhD(NUI) Professor of Biochemistry, UCD Member, Science 2006
  • Rob Kitchin

    BSc(Lancaster 1991), MSc(Leicester 1992), PhD(Wales 1995) Professor, MU Member, PL&A 2015
  • Brian Kent Kobilka

    BS (Minnesota 1977), MD (Yale 1981). Professor, Stanford University. Honorary Member, Science 2013
  • Ullrich Kockel

    Diplom-Betriebswirt(Hochshule Bremen 1984), BA(CNAA/Leeds Polytechnic 1984), PhD(Liverpool 1989) Emeritus Professor of Ethnology UU, Professor of Culture & Economy, Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt Member, PL&A 2012
  • Walter Kolch

    MD Director, Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin Member, Science 2016
  • Alan Richard Kramer

    BA(Newcastle 1977), MA(Newcastle 1979), PhD(Hamburg 1987) PL&A Professor of European History, TCD Member, 2018
  • Rudolf Krska

    PhD(Vienna 1993), Diploma(Vienna 1990) Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Honorary Member, Science 2022
  • Brigid Laffan

    BCS(NUI 1977), PhD(Dubl 1987) Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, European University Institute Member, PL&A 2005
  • Thomas Joseph Laffey

    BSc, MSc(NUI 1964, 1965), DPhil(Sussex 1968) Associate Professor of Mathematics, UCD Member, Science 1981
  • John Gerard Laffey

    DSc(NUI 2022), MD(NUI 2001), MA(IPA 2001), MB, BCh, BAO(NUI 1992), BSc(NUI 1989) Professor/Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Galway and Galway University Hospitals Member, Science 2023
  • Philip Richard Lane

    BA(Dubl), AM, PhD(Harvard) Professor of International Economics, TCD Member, PL&A 2007
  • Edward Larrissy

    BA, MA, D.Phil(Oxon) Professor of Poetry and Head of School, QUB Member, PL&A 2011
  • Ed C Lavelle

    BSc(NUI 1990), PhD(Plymouth 1994) Professor in Immunology, TCD Member, Science 2021
  • Michael John Laver

    MA(Essex), PhD(Liver) Professor of Political Science, NYU Member, PL&A 1990
  • John Joseph Lee

    MA(NUI) Professor of Irish Studies; Director, Irish Studies; Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, NYU Member, PL&A 1985
  • Joseph Theodoor (Joep) Leerssen

    MA (Aachen), LRIAM (1980), MA (NUI 1980), DLitt (Utrecht 1986), HonFTCD. Professor of European Studies, University of Amsterdam Honorary Member, PL&A 2009
  • Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn

    Professor of Chemistry, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg Honorary Member, Science 1999
  • Colm Lennon

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1970, 1975, 1987) Emeritus Professor of History, Maynooth Member, PL&A 2007
  • Brian Edmund Leonard

    BSc(NUI 1959), PhD(Birm, NUI 1962), DSc(NUI 1976) Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, University of Galway Member, Science 1983
  • Ciaran Liam S Lewis

    BSc, PhD (QUB) Professor of Physics, QUB Member, Science 1997
  • Stephen J Lippard

    Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Honorary Member, Science 2002
  • John Roger Graham Little

    MA(Dubl), PhD(Dunelm), LittD(Dubl). FTCD Retired Professor of French, TCD Member, PL&A 1993
  • David N. Livingstone

    BA(1975), PhD(QUB 1982), DLitt(hc UA 2013). OBE, FBA, AcSS, MAE, FRSA Professor of Geography, QUB Member, PL&A 1998


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