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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  • Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    BA(Dubl 1985), AM, PhD(Harvard 1986, 1989). FBA Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi Member, PL&A 2009
  • Gerard D. O'Sullivan

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1975, 1980) Professor of Physics, UCD. Member, Science 2004
  • Aidan O'Sullivan

    BA(NUI), MA(NUI), PhD(NUI). Archaeologist, UCD Member, PL&A 2017
  • Barry O'Sullivan

    BTech(UL), PhD(NUI), FEurAI Professor and Founding Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC Member, Science 2017
  • Fintan O'Toole

    BA(NUI 1978) Journalist and University Lecturer, Irish Times and Princeton University Member, PL&A 2020
  • Jane Helen Ohlmeyer

    MA(St Andrews 1986), MA(Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1987), PhD(Dubl 1990) Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History, TCD Member, PL&A 2011
  • Philip T Orr

    BA(East Anglia 1976), MA(Ulster 1978), Graduate Certificate of Education(QUB 1979) Independent Scholar Member, PL&A 2018
  • William Nial Osborough

    LLB(QUB), LLM(New Orleans), MA(Dubl) Emeritus Professor of Law, UCD Member, PL&A 2003
  • Adrian Christopher Ottewill

    MA, DPhil, DSc (Oxon) Full Professor of Mathematical Physics, UCD Member, Science 1997
  • David Lorge Parnas

    BS, MS(Carnegie Institute of Technology), PhD(Carnegie Mellon University), Dr.h.c.(ETH Zurich, Louvain, Lugano, TU Wien) Retired Professor of Software Engineering, UL/McMaster Member, Science 2006
  • Roger Penrose

    Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford Honorary Member, Science 2001
  • Ivan Joseph Perry

    MB, BCh, BAO(NUI 1982), MMedSci(NUI 1988), MD(NUI 1992), MSc(London 1990), PhD(London 1995) Professor of Public Health, UCC Member, Science 2019
  • John Bernard Pethica

    MA(Cantab), PhD(Cantab). HonFTCD, FRS Cheif Scientific Advisor, National Physical Laboratory, UK and Professor of Physics, TCD Member, Science 2011
  • Philip Noel Pettit

    Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University Honorary Member, PL&A 2010
  • John Roland Seymour Phillips

    BA(Lond 1962), PhD(Lond 1968). FRHistS, FSA Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, UCD Member, PL&A 2001
  • Jean-Michel Picard

    MA(Provence 1973), MPhil(NUI 1979), DocLit(Paris-Sorbonne 1981) Professor, UCD Member, PL&A 2011
  • Patrick John Prendergast

    BA, BAI, PhD, ScD(Dubl 1987,1991, 2009). FIEI, FTCD Provost, TCD Member, Science 2008
  • Rosalind M. O. Pritchard

    BA (TCD), PGCE (QUB), MA (NUU), DPhil (NUU), MA (NUU), PG Cert in University Teaching (NUU), Chair, Social Sciences Committee Emeritus Professor of Education, UU Member, PL&A 2013
  • Joseph Pulé

    BSc(Malta 1967, Reading 1969), DPhil, DSc(Oxon 1972, 1990) Associate Professor of Mathematical Physics, UCD Member, Science 1988
  • David Puttnam

    Honorary Doctorate(Griffiths University, Open University, Sunderland, Greenwich, Middlesex, Brunel and 33 others) Director, Atticus Education Member, PL&A 2015
  • Charles Martin Quinn

    BSc, PhD(QUB, 1960, 1963), MA(Oxon, 1965), DSc(Birm, 1977) Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Maynooth Member, Science 1999
  • Lochlann Gerard Quinn

    BComm(NUI 1962), Chartered Accountant(ICAI 1966), PhD(hc NUI 2003) Board Chairman, ESB, National Gallery of Ireland Member, PL&A 2008
  • Adrian E Raftery

    BA, MSC (Dubl 1976,1977) Professor of Statistics and Sociology, Director, Center for Statistics, University of Washington Honorary Member, Science 2013
  • Mani Ramaswami

    MS (Indian Institute of Technology 1984), PhD (California Institute of Technology 1990) Professor of Neurogenetics, TCD Member, Science 2014
  • Lisa Randall

    BA, PhD (Harvard) Professor of Physics, Harvard University Honorary Member, Science 2009


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