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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  • Martin Curley

    BE, MBS, PhD(NUI 1985, 1998, 2008) Senior Vice President (Mastercard), HSE Member, Science 2011
  • Henry J Curran

    BSc(NUI 1990), PhD(NUI 1994), DSc(NUI 2011) Professor of Combustion Chemistry, University of Galway Member, Science 2015
  • Deirdre Maire Curtin

    BCL(NUI 1980), Mlitt(Dubl 1983), BL(Kings Inns Dublin 1983), LLD(NUI 1991) Professor of European Law, European University Institute Honorary Member, PL&A 2020
  • John Christopher Dainty

    MSc, PhD(Imperial College London 1969, 1972) Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics, University of Galway Member, Science 2008
  • Enrico Dal Lago

    Laurea in Lettere(Rome 1988), MA(Kansas 1993), MA(Lond 1994), PhD(Lond 2000), DLitt(NUI 2016) Professor of American History, University of Galway Member, PL&A 2020
  • Mary Elizabeth Daly

    BA, MA(NUI 1969, 1971), DPhil(Oxon 1978) Professor Modern Irish History, UCD Member, PL&A 1991
  • Mary Daly

    BSocSc, MSocSci, PhD(EUI Florence) Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Oxford. Member, PL&A 2010
  • Nicholas Paul Daly

    BA(NUI 1987), MA(NUI 1989), PhD(Brown 1995) Professor of Modern English and American Literature, UCD Member, PL&A 2015
  • John Davenport

    BSc(Lond), MSc(Southampton), PhD(Wales), DSc(Lond). FRSE Emeritus Professor, UCC Member, Science 2001
  • Anna Davies

    BA(Cantab 1992), MSc(Oxford Brookes 1994), PhD(Cantab 1999) Chair of Geography, Environment and Society, TCD Member, PL&A 2017
  • J.C. Séamus Davis

    BSc(NUI 1983), PhD(University of California, Berkeley 1989), DSc(NUI 2013) Professor, UCC/Oxford/Cornell Member, Science 2020
  • Kenneth Adrian Dawson

    MSc, DPhil(Oxon) Professor of Physical Chemistry, UCD Member, Science 1994
  • Catherine Day

    BA, MA Chair, Governing Authority, UCC Member, PL&A 2016
  • Pádraig de Brún

    MA, DLitt Former Professor of Celtic Studies, DIAS Member, PL&A 1994
  • Gráinne de Búrca

    BCL(NUI 1986), LLM(Michigan 1987), Titular MA(Oxon1990), Titular MA(Harvard 2010) Professor of Law, New York University Honorary Member, PL&A 2022
  • Annraoi Máire de Paor

    BE(NUI 1961), MS(Calif 1963), PhD(NUI 1967), DSc(NUI 1974), PhD(hc DIT, 2004). FIEI, FIET, FIMA, MInstMC Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCD Member, Science 1981
  • Amilra Prasanna de Silva

    BSc(Colombo), PhD(QUB) Professor of Chemistry, QUB Member, Science 2002
  • Stefan Decker

    Dipl. Inform. (Kaiserslautern), Dr. rer. pol. (PhD) (University of Karlsruhe) Professor for Database and Information Systems, Director Fraunhofer FIT, RWTH Aachen University, Germany Member, Science 2010
  • Susan Denham

    BA, LLB(Dubl), Barrister-at-Law(King's Inns, Dublin), LLM(Colombia), Senior Counsel, LLD(hc QUB 2002, UU 2012) Chief Justice of Ireland and Judge, Supreme Court of Ireland. Member, PL&A 2012
  • Paul J Devereux

    BA, MA, PhD Head of School of Economics, University College Dublin Member, PL&A 2016
  • Thomas Martin Devine

    Kt MAE, OBE, BA, PhD, DLitt, DLitt(hc QUB, Abertay), HonDUniv (Strathclyde), FSAScot, FRHist S, FRSE, FBA Personal Senior Research Chair of History, University of Edinburgh Honorary Member, PL&A 2001
  • Kevin M Devine

    BSc(NUI), PhD(DU). FTCD Professor in Genetics, TCD Member, Science 2013
  • John Frederick Dewey

    BSc (Lond 1958), PhD, DIC (Imperial College London 1960, 1960), MA (Cantab 1965, Oxon 1986), ScD (Cantab 1987), DSc (Oxon 1988, hc Memorial University of Newfoundland 1995, hc NUI 1998) Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of California, Davis Honorary Member, Science 2008
  • Dermot Diamond

    BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc(QUB 1976, 1983, 1987, 2002) Director, National Centre for Sensor Research, DCU Member, Science 2014
  • Frédéric Dias

    PhD, Habilitation Thematic Senior Professor, UCD Member, Science 2016


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