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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  • Maria Baghramian

    BA(QUB 1983), PhD(Dubl 1990) ALLEA Working Group on Trust and Expertise Professor of American Philosophy, UCD Member, PL&A 2010
  • Mark Edward Bailey

    BA, MSc, MA, PhD Emeritus Director, Armagh Observatory Member, Science 2010
  • Michael George Lockhart Baillie

    PhD Professor of Palaeoecology, QUB Member, Science 1991
  • Pavel Baranov

    MSc(Lomonosov Moscow State 1994), PhD(Lomonosov Moscow State 1998)  Professor of Biomolecular Informatics, UCC Member, Science 2020
  • Toby Christopher Barnard

    MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS Emeritus Fellow, Hertford College, University of Oxford Honorary Member, PL&A 2001
  • Alan Michael Barrett

    BA(Dubl 1989), MA(Michigan State 1991), PhD(Michigan State 1994). Honorary Fellow, Society of Actuaries of Ireland Research Fellow, Institute for Labor Economics, Germany Director, Economic and Social Research Institute Member, PL&A 2019
  • Liam P Barry

    BE, MEngSc (NUI 1991, 1993), PhD (Univ of Rennes 1996). FInstP, SMIEEE, MOSA. Professor of Photonics Systems & Co-PI IPIC, DCU Member, Science 2019
  • Frank Barry

    BS(NUI 1978), MSc(NUI 1980), PhD(NUI 1983) Professor of Cellular Therapy, University of Galway Member, 2021
  • Frank Barry

    BA(NUI 1976), MA(Essex 1978), PhD(Queen's, Ontario 1985) Professor of International Business & Economic Development, TCD Member, PL&A 2021
  • Thomas Bartlett

    PhD(QUB) Professor of Irish History, University of Aberdeen Member, PL&A 1995
  • Paolo Bartoloni

    BA(Florence, 1985), PhD (La Trobe) Head of Discipline, Italian, NUIG Member, PL&A 2019
  • Ruth Barton

    BA(Dubl 1981) MA(NUI 1992) PhD(NUI 2000) University Lecturer, TCD Member, PL&A 2021
  • Brian Bates

    BSc, MSc(Nottm), DIC, PhD(Lond) Emeritus Professor of Physics, QUB Member, Science 1995
  • Steven Ernest John Bell

    PhD (QUB 1986), BSc (QUB 1983), FRSC (2012), FICI (2020). RIA Vice President for Research Professor of Physical Chemistry, QUB Member, Science 2020
  • Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell

    BSc(Glasgow), PhD(Cantab) President, Royal Society of Edinburgh Honorary Member, Science 2012
  • Keith David Bennett

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab 1979, 1983, 1983) Emeritus Professor, University of St Andrew’s Member, Science 2011
  • Joseph Bergin

    BA,MA(NUI 1970, 1972); PhD(Cantab 1977); DLitt(Manchester 2004); DLitt(hc Sorbonne University 2019) Emeritus Professor of History, University of Manchester Honorary Member, PL&A 2020
  • Paul Anthony Elliott Bew

    MA, PhD(Cantab 1971, 1974) Professor of Politics, QUB Member, PL&A 2004
  • Werner Blau

    DiplPhys(Rosenburg 1979, 1983), DR, RER, NAT(Regensburg), MA(Dubl 1989), DSc(Dubl 1999). FTCD Professor of Physics of Advanced Materials, TCD Member, Science 2001
  • Sir Kenneth Percy Bloomfield

    BA, MA(Oxon 1952, 1956), LLD(hc QUB 1991), DUniv(hc Open University 2000), DLitt(hc Ulster 2002) Writer and former Chairman, Northern Ireland Higher Education Council Member, PL&A 2008
  • John Boardman

    Emeritus Lincoln College Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford Honorary Member, PL&A 1986
  • Walter Fred Bodmer

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab), DSc(hc Bath, Oxon, Hull, Edin, Bristol, Loughborough, Lanc, Aberdeen, Plymouth, Lond, Salford, UMIST, Surrey), Dr(hc Leuven, Masaryk), MD (hc), FRS College Principal and Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford Honorary Member, Science 1998
  • John Boland

    BSc(NUI 1979), PhD(California Institute of Technology 1984) Director, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructure and Nanodevices (CRANN), TCD Member, Science 2010
  • Vani Kant Borooah

    MA(Bombay 1969), PhD(Southampton 1978) Professor of Applied Economics, UU Member, PL&A 2006
  • Angela Bourke

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1972, 1974, 1983) Emerita Professor of Irish-Language Studies, UCD Member, PL&A 2004


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