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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  • 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
  • David Stifter

    Mag.Phil(Vienna 1998), Dr.Phil(Vienna 2003) Professor of Old and Middle Irish, MU Member, PL&A 2022
  • 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
  • Virginia Teehan

    BA Dip.Arch.Sc., (NUI 1983; 1984) M.Phil., (TCD 1987); MBA (UCC, 2019) Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Council Member, PL&A 2022
  • 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
  • Alan Titley

    BA(NUI 1972), MA(NUI 1974), PhD(NUI 1989) Former Head of Department of Irish, St Patricks College and Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish, University College Cork Member, PL&A 2012
  • Desmond Tobin

    PGDip(Chartered Management Institute UK 2008), PhD(London 1991), GI Biol(Royal Society of Biology, NESCOT 1987), BSc(NUI 1986) Full Professor of Dermatological Science, UCD Member, Science 2021
  • Jennifer Todd

    BA(Kent 1972), PhD(Boston 1977) Professor in Politics, UCD Member, PL&A 2007
  • Gregory Joseph Toner

    BA, MSc, PhD(QUB 1986, 1990, 1995) University Lecturer, QUB Member, PL&A 2018
  • Ben Tonra

    BA(NIHE Limerick 1986), MA (NIHE Limerick) 1988, PhD (University of Dublin) 1996 Professor, UCD Member, PL&A 2020
  • Isabel Marie Bernadette Torres

    BA(QUB 1988), PhD(QUB 1994) Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature, QUB Member, PL&A 2019
  • Miles Mark Turner

    BSc(Imperial College 1986), PhD(St Andrews 1990) Professor, DCU Member, Science 2020


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