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
  • 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
  • Thomas Joseph Brazil

    BE, PhD Professor of Electronic Engineering, UCD , Science 2005
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gwilym Owen Evans

    MSc, PhD, DSc(Wales) Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Zoology, UCD , Science 1973
  • J Ronan Fanning

    PhD(Cantab) Professor Emeritus of Modern History,, UCD , PL&A 1989
  • Raymond Brian Gilliland

    BA, BSc, ScD(Dubl) Retired Microbiologist, TCD , Science 1972
  • Geoffrey Joseph Philip Hand

    MA(NUI), DPhil(Oxon). FRHistS Emeritus Professor and former Chairman, Irish Manuscripts Commission , PL&A 1970
  • Adrian Patrick Hardiman

    BA(NUI, 1972), BL(Kings Inns, 1974, Middle Temple, 1988), SC(1989), Bencher (Kings Inns, 2000), Master of the Bench(Middle Temple, 2006) Judge Member, PL&A 2006
  • Michael Alphonsus Hayes

    BSc, MSc(NUI), PhD(Brown, RI), DSc(NUI) Member, Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars; Former Secretary General, International Union on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Retired Professor of Mathematical Physics, UCD , Science 1980
  • Maurice N. Hayes

    LLD(hc), LLM Chairman of the National Forum on Europe and Former Senator, Dáil Éireann. , PL&A 1997
  • Michael Herity

    MA, PhD Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, UCD Member, PL&A 1980
  • Helmut Jäger

    University of Würzburg Honorary Member, PL&A 1990
  • Rolf Loeber

    Doctoral degree, (University of Amsterdam 1969), PhD (QU. Kingston, Ontario,Canada, 1972)Doctoral degree, (University of Amsterdam 1969), PhD (QU. Kingston, Ontario,Canada, 1972) Historian and Professor of Juvenile Delinquency and Social Development, Free University of Amsterdam and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh , PL&A 2008
  • Amyan Macfadyen

    MA, DSc(Oxon) Emeritus Professor of Biology, UU Member, Science 1980
  • Thomas Francis Malone

    Distinguished Scholar Emeritus in Geophysics, North Carolina State University Honorary Member, Science 1989
  • Matthew F McCarthy

    PhD(Nottm), DSc(NUI) Retired Professor of Mathematical Physics, NUIG Member, Science 1987


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