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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Membership

  • Francis Jack Smith

    MA(Cath Univ America), PhD(QUB) Retired Professor of Computer Science, QUB Member, Science 1976
  • William John Smyth

    BA, PhD(NUI 1965,1969) Emeritus Professor of Geography, UCC Member, PL&A 1999
  • Malcolm Roland Smyth

    BSc(QUB 1972), PhD(Lond 1976), DSc(QUB 1990) Dean, Faculty of Science and Health, DCU Member, Science 2003
  • Barry Smyth

    BSc(NUI) PhD(Dubl) Digital Chair of Computer Science, UCD Member, Science 2011
  • Robert M Solow

    Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Honorary Member, PL&A 1999
  • Thomas David Spearman

    MA(Dubl), PhD(Cantab). FTCD(Emeritus) Former Professor of Natural Philosphy, TCD Member, Science 1975
  • Brian Spencer

    BSc, PhD(Liver), MA, ScD(Dubl). FTCD(Hon) Retired Professor of Biochemistry, TCD Member, Science 1964
  • William James Spillane

    BSc, PhD, DSc(NUI). FICI Professor of Organic Chemistry, NUIG. Member, Science 2008
  • Roger Andrew Stalley

    MA(Oxon), MA(Lond), MA(Dubl). FTCD Former Professor of History of Art, TCD Member, PL&A 1993
  • Catherine Gerardine Stanton

    BSc(NUI 1983), MSc(NUI 1986), PhD(Bournemouth 1988), DSc(NUI 2009) Senior Principal Research Officer/Research Professor, Teagasc/UCC Member, Science 2019
  • Martin William Steer

    PhD(QUB), DSc(Brist) Emeritus Professor of Botany, UCD Member, Science 1990
  • Alan Stitt

    BSc(QUB 1989), PhD(QUB 1991) McCauley Chair of Experimental Ophthalmology, QUB Member, Science 2018
  • Rowland Alexander Ker Stout

    BA Hons/MA(Oxon 1980), MSc(Sussex 1983), BPhil(Oxon 1987), DPhil(Oxon 1991) University Professor, UCD Member, PL&A 2019
  • John Joseph Séan Strain

    BSc, BAgr, PhD(QUB), DipEd(Newcastle, Australia), Reg. Nutr(Nutrition Society) Co-Director, Centre for Molecular Biosciences and Professor of Human Nutrition, UU. Member, Science 2002
  • Dennis Parnell Sullivan

    BS (Rice University), (PhD Princeton University) Research Mathematician and Maths Professor, Stony Brook University Honorary Member, Science 2011
  • Da-Wen Sun

    BSc, MSc, PhD(South China University of Technology 1982, 1985, 1988) Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering, UCD Member, Science 2010
  • Patrick David Sweetman

    BA, MA(NUI 1967, 1969) Retired Consultant Archaeologist, Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands Member, PL&A 1985
  • Kenneth Thomas Andrew Taylor

    BSc, PhD(QUB) Member, Science 2005
  • David Taylor

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab 1977,1980, 1981), ScD(Cantab 2003) Professor of Materials Engineering, TCD Member, Science 2009
  • Cormac T Taylor

    BSc(NUI), PhD(NUI) Associate Professor of Cellular Physiology, UCD Member, Science 2013
  • Tigran Hakop Tchrakian

    BSc(Lond), ARCS(Imperial College, London 1963), PhD(Edinburgh 1967) Professor of Mathematical Physics, Maynooth Member, Science 2006
  • Emma Teeling

    BSc, MSc, PhD Professor, University College Dublin Member, Science 2016
  • Don Thornhill

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1972), MSc(Dubl 1985), D Ed(hc NUI) Former Secretary General, Department of Education and Science (1993-1998) and former Chairman, Higher Education Authority (1998-2005). Chairman, National Competitiveness Council and Chair, Hibernia College Ltd. Member, PL&A 2000
  • Karen Elizabeth Till

    BA(UCLA 1986), MA(UCLA 1990), PhD(University of Wisconsin-Madison 1996) Professor of Cultural Geography, MU Member, PL&A 2020
  • Keith Francis Tipton

    BSc(St Andrews), MA, PhD(Cantab), MA(Dubl). FTCD Professor of Biochemistry, TCD Member, Science 1984

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