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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Past Members

  • Frederick Herman Andreasen Aalen

    MA, MSc, LittD, FSA, FTCD Retired Professor of Geography,, TCD Member, PL&A 1987
  • Ingrid Victoria Allen

    MD, DSc, Dr Med Sci(hc). FRCPath, FMedSci Professor Emerita of Neuropathology, QUB , Science 1993
  • John Harwood Andrews

    MA(Cantab), PhD(Lond), MA, MSc, MLitt(Dubl). FTCD Retired Professor of Geography, TCD , PL&A 1978
  • John Peebles Arbuthnott

    MA, PhD(Glas), ScD Professor of Microbiology, University of Glasgow and Former President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh , Science 1985
  • Michael Francis Atiyah

    FRS Former President, Royal Society of Edinburgh Honorary Member, Science 1979
  • Bernard Bailyn

    AB(Williams College 1945), AM(Harvard 1947), PhD(Harvard 1953), LLD(Harvard 1999), LHD(Yale) University Professor, Harvard University , PL&A 2011
  • John Raymond Bartlett

    BA, MLitt, MA(Oxon), MA, LittD(Dubl 1970, 1994), FTCD(Emeritus) Retired Professor of Biblical Studies, TCD and Church of Ireland Theological College , PL&A 2007
  • John Raphael (Ray) Bates

    BSc(NUI 1962), PhD(MIT 1969) Emeritus Professor of Meteorology, University of Copenhagen; Adjunct Professor of Meteorology, UCD , Science 1986
  • Werner Anton Vincenz Beierwaltes

    Promotion Phil., Habilitation, Dr (hc) Ioannina Bundesverdienstkreuz Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Honorary Member, PL&A 1986
  • Kenneth Lloyd Bell

    BSc(QUB 1961), MA(UCLA 1964), PhD(QUB 1965) Emeritus Professor of Physics and Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, QUB Member, Science 2001
  • Eavan Boland

    BA(Dubl 1966), DLitt (Strathclyde 1997), DLitt (Colby 1997), DLitt (NUI 1997), DLitt (Holy Cross 2000), DLitt (Bowdoin 2004), LittD (Dubl 2004). Director, Stanford University , PL&A 2017
  • Thomas Joseph Brazil

    BE, PhD Professor of Electronic Engineering, UCD , Science 2005
  • Philip George Burke

    BSc(Lond 1953), PhD(Lond 1956), DSc(hc Exeter, QUB). FRS Emeritus Professor, QUB , Science 1974
  • Anne Buttimer

    BA, MA(NUI), Standard General Teaching Cert (State of Washington 1961), PhD(University of Washington 1965), DPhil(hc Joensuu 2002, Tartu 2004), DSc(hc Joseph Fourier University 2012), Docteur(hc University of Grenoble 2012) Emerita Professor of Geography, UCD , PL&A 2000
  • Francis John Byrne

    MA Professor of Early (including Medieval) Irish History, UCD , PL&A 1974
  • Paul Cannon

    MB, MSc, MA(NUI), BA(Dubl), FSB, FCIL. Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, UCD Member, Science 1960
  • Peter Kevin Carroll

    MSc, PhD, DSc(NUI) Emeritus Professor of Optical Physics,, UCD Member, Science 1960
  • Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

    MD (Pavia 1944), MA (Cantab 1950); DSc (hc Columbia, Cantab, Calabria, Bolgna, Cagliari, Rome) Emeritus Professor of Genetics, University of Stanford Honorary Member, Science 2007
  • John Stephen Roy Chisholm

    MA, PhD(Cantab) Emeritus Professor of Mathematics,, University of Kent Member, Science 1964
  • Aidan Clarke

    MA, PhD, LittD(hc Dubl), FTCD Retired Professor of Modern History, TCD , PL&A 1982
  • Desmond Matthew Clarke

    BSc(NUI), PhD(Notre Dame, USA), L.Théol(Lyon), BPh(Louvain), DLitt(NUI) Retired Professor of Philosophy, UCC Member, PL&A 1999
  • John Morton Coles

    BA(Toronto), MA(Cantab), PhD(Edin), PhD(hc Uppsala), ScD(Cantab), FBA Professor of European Prehistory, University of Cambridge Honorary Member, PL&A 2005
  • Emer Colleran

    BSc, PhD, LLD(hc) Professor of Microbiology, NUIG Member, Science 2003
  • Seán Patrick Cromien

    BA(NUI 1950) Retired Secretary General, Department of Finance Member, PL&A 2006
  • Anne Olivia Crookshank

    BA(Dubl 1949), MA(Lond 1952). FTCD Professor Emerita of Art History,, TCD , PL&A 1985


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