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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  • Patrick Lonergan

    BA, MA, PHD Chair Language, Literature, Culture and Communication committee Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Galway Member, PL&A 2018
  • Edna Mary Longley

    BA(Dubl), LittD(hc Dubl 2003). FBA Emerita Professor of English Literature, QUB Member, PL&A 2000
  • Noel Lowndes

    BA(Dubl 1983), PhD(Glasgow 1987). Elected member, EMBO (2003). RIA Vice President for Research Professor, Biochemistry, University of Galway Member, Science 2017
  • Geoffrey Roger Luckhurst

    Emeritus Professor of Chemical Physics Honorary Member, Science 2010
  • James Gerard Lunney

    BSc, PhD(QUB 1974, 1980). Emeritus Professor in Physics, TCD Member, Science 2008
  • Marina Annetta Lynch

    BSc, MSc(NUI 1974, 1976), PhD(Dubl 1980). FTCD Professor of Cellular Neuroscience, TCD. Member, Science 2009
  • Peter Lynch

    BSc, MSc(NUI 1968, 1969), PhD(Dubl 1982) Emeritus Professor of Meterology, UCD Member, Science 2012
  • Christopher Daniel Lynch

    DDSc(Cardiff 2019), PhD(NUI 2007), FDS Rest Dent(RCSI 2006), MFD(RCSI 2001), BDS(NUI 1999) Consultant/ Professor of Restorative Dentistry, UCC Member, Science 2023
  • Christopher J. Lynn

    BSc(QUB 1969), PhD(NUI 1986) Consultant Archaeologist Member, PL&A 2008
  • William Edward Lyons

    BA(ANU), MA(jo Calgary, Dublin), PhD(Dundee). FTCD Retired Professor of Moral Philosophy, TCD Member, PL&A 1994
  • Michael Edward Gerard Lyons

    BSc(NUI, 1979), PhD(NUI, 1883), MA(Dubl 1988), ScD(Dubl 2021) Professor in Physical Chemistry, TCD Member, Science 2023
  • Patricia Lysaght

    Barrister at Law(Kings Inns 1971), BA(NUI 1975), PhD(NUI 1982) Emerita Professor of European Ethnology, UCD Member, PL&A 2006
  • Séamus Mac Mathúna

    BA, PhD(QUB). FRSA Professor of Irish and Celtic Studies, UU Member, PL&A 2006
  • Brian Dominic MacCraith

    BSc, MSc, PhD(NUI) President, DCU Member, Science 2007
  • Alasdair MacIntyre

    Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Honorary Member, PL&A 1999
  • Malcolm MacLachlan

    BSc(Cardiff 1983), PhD(Dundee 1986), MSc(Lond 1988), DipBA(Strathclyde 1990), MA(Dubl 1999), MA (jo). FTCD Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, Maynooth University Member, PL&A 2005
  • Deirdre Madden

    BCL(NUI 1987), LLM(NUI 1988), BL(Honourable Society of Kings Inns 1989), PhD(NUI 2000) Professor of Law, UCC Member, PL&A 2020
  • Hugh Magennis

    BA, MA, PhD(QUB 1970, 1972, 1981) Emeritus Professor of English, QUB Member, PL&A 2006
  • Christine A Maggs

    BA, MA(Oxon 1978), PhD(NUI 1983) Executive Dean Of The Faculty Of Science & Technology, Bournemouth Member, Science 2013
  • Fiona Caroline Magowan

    DPhil(Oxon 1995), MSt(Oxon 1989), BA(Nottingham1988) Professor of Anthropology, QUB Member, PL&A 2023
  • Eleanor Maguire

    BA, PhD, FMEDSCI, FRS Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London Honorary Member, Science 2017
  • Anita Rose Maguire

    BSc(NUI 1985), PhD(NUI 1989) Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Director ABCRF, UCC Member, Science 2014
  • Anne Elizabeth Magurran

    BSc, DPhil(Ulster 1976, 1981), FRSE Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of St Andrews Honorary Member, Science 2020
  • Imelda Maher

    BCL(NUI), LLM(Temple) BL(King's Inns), Hon. Bencher, Middle Temple, London. RIA Senior Vice-President Sutherland Full Professor of European Law, UCD Member, PL&A 2011
  • Anthony Peter William Malcomson

    BA, MA(Cantab), PhD(QUB 1970) Retired Director, Public Record Office, Belfast Member, PL&A 1987


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