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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  • David William Halton

    BSc, PhD, DSc(Leeds). FRSB Emeritus Professor of Parasitology, QUB Member, Science 1994
  • Christopher Hardacre

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab) Professor/Head of School, Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science Professor/Head of School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester Member, Science 2013
  • Orla Hardiman

    BSc(NUI 1980), MB BCh BAO(NUI 1983), MD(NUI 1992), MRCPI (1992), FRCPI(2001) Professor of Neurology, TCD Member, Science 2015
  • William C Harris

    BSc(College of William and Mary 1966), PhD(University of South Carolina 1970) President and CEO, Science Foundation Arizona and Adjunct Professor, DCU Member, Science 2004
  • Brian Joseph Harvey

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1979,1982), HDR(Nice 1991) Professor of Molecular Medicine, RCSI. Member, Science 2007
  • Moyra Haslett

    BA(Dubl 1990), PhD (Dubl 1995) School of Arts, English and Languages, QUB Member, PL&A 2019
  • Christopher John Hawkesworth

    DPhil(Oxon 1974), BA(Dubl 1970) Professor Emeritus, Universities of Bristol & St Andrews Honorary Member, Science 2019
  • William Hayes

    Professor of Physics and Director and Head of The Clarendon Laboratory 1985-1987, President St John's College 1987-2001, Pro-Vice Chancellor 1990-2001, University of Oxford Honorary Member, Science 1998
  • Michael Hilary B. Hayes

    BAgr Sc(NUI 1952), MS(Cornell 1955), PhD(OhioState 1960) Research Professor, Carbolea Centre, Chemical and Environmental Sciences, UL Member, Science 2004
  • David William Hayton

    BA(Manc), DPhil(Oxford). FSA, FRHS Professor of Early Modern Irish and British History, QUB Member, PL&A 2008
  • Catherine Anne Hayward

    BA(UU 1999), PhD(NUI 2002) Professor of Political Sociology, QUB Member, PL&A 2023
  • Róisín Mary Healy

    BA(NUI 1991), MA(NUI 1992), MAGES(Georgetown 1994), PhD(Georgetown 1999) Senior Lecturer, University of Galway Member, PL&A 2023
  • Peter Heffernan

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1981,1985) Chief Executive Member, Science 2006
  • James Joseph Alexander Heffron

    DSc, PhD, BSc, MRIA, FRSC, CChem Professor of Biochemistry, UCC Member, Science 1992
  • Anthony Francis Hegarty

    BSc, PhD, DSc(NUI). FRSC Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry, UCD Member, Science 1981
  • John Hegarty

    BSc, MA, PhD(NUI), ScD Provost Emeritus, Professor of Laser Physics, TCD Member, Science 1992
  • David Neil Hempton

    BA(QUB 1974), PhD(St. Andrews 1977), DLitt(QUB 2013) Dean of Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University Honorary Member, PL&A 2019
  • David Clifford Henshall

    BSc(Bristol 1994), PhD(Edinburgh 1997) Professor of Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Member, Science 2024
  • Máire R. M. Herbert

    BA, MA(NUI), PhD(Cantab) Associate Professor of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC Member, PL&A 1996
  • Michael W Herren

    BA (Calif), MSL (PIMS, Toronto), PhD (Toronto), FRSC, FMAA Professor Emeritus of Classics and Distinguished Research Professor in English Literature, York University, Toronto Honorary Member, PL&A 2002
  • Andreas Hess

    Diploma(Mercator University 1989), PhD(Free University Berlin 1993) Professor in Sociology, UCD Member, PL&A 2022
  • Ortwin Hess

    BSc(Erlangen 1987), MSc(TU Berlin 1990), PhD(TU Berlin 1993), Habilitation(Stuttgart, 1997) Professor of Quantum Nanophotonics, TCD Member, Science 2025
  • Alan Hibbert

    MA, DPhil(Oxon 1967) Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics, QUB Member, Science 2000
  • Desmond Gerard Higgins

    BA, PhD(Dubl 1981, 1988) Professor of Bioinformanics, UCD Member, Science 2007
  • Michael Daniel Higgins

    LLD(hc NUIG). HonFTCD President of Ireland Member, PL&A 2011


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