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

  • Roger George Hamill Downer

    PhD(Western Ontario 1970), DSc, LLD(QUB 1984, hc 2003), DSc(hc Waterloo 2004). President Emeritus, UL. , Science 2004
  • Robert Elgie

    BA(Oxon 1987), PhD(LSE 1992) Professor of Government and International Studies, DCU , PL&A 2017
  • George Francis Eogan

    BA, PhD, DLitt, LittD(hc Dubl) Emeritus Professor of Celtic Archaeology, UCD , PL&A 1969
  • Jerald L Ericksen

    Retired, University of Minnesota , Science 1999
  • 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
  • David Patrick Brian Fitzpatrick

    BA(Melb), PhD(Cantab) Professor of Modern History, TCD , PL&A 2001
  • Peter Froggatt

    MB(1952), MD(Dubl 1957), PhD(QUB 1967), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(Dubl, hc QUB) Former President and Vice-Chancellor, QUB. , Science 1978
  • Murray Gell-Mann

    BSc (Yale), PhD (MIT) Robert Andrews Millikan Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology Honorary Member, Science 2003
  • Raymond Brian Gilliland

    BA, BSc, ScD(Dubl) Retired Microbiologist, TCD , Science 1972
  • David Willoughby Gooding

    MA, PhD(Cantab 1952, 1954) Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Greek, QUB , PL&A 1977
  • Robert H. Grubbs

    Victor & Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology Honorary Member, Science 1999
  • Eric Pratt Hamp

    Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Linguistics, University of Chicago , PL&A 1989
  • Geoffrey Joseph Philip Hand

    MA(NUI), DPhil(Oxon). FRHistS Emeritus Professor and former Chairman, Irish Manuscripts Commission , PL&A 1970
  • Damian Francis Hannan

    BAgrSc, MAgrSc(NUI), MA, PhD(Michigan State). Former Research Professor, ESRI , PL&A 1989
  • Thomas P. Hardiman

    BE, BSc, LLD(hc), DLitt(hc) Chairman Telegael Media Group, An Spidéal, Supervisory Board Member EU Japan Industrial Cooperation Centre, Tokyo Member, Science 1980
  • 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
  • Maurice N. Hayes

    LLD(hc), LLM Chairman of the National Forum on Europe and Former Senator, Dáil Éireann. Member, PL&A 1997
  • 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
  • Miriam Hederman O'Brien

    PhD(Dubl, 1980), Barrister at Law(Kings Inns Dublin, 1954), BA(Dubl, 1953), PhD(hc Maynooth 1995), LLD(hc NUI 2001), LLD(hc UU 2002) Public Policy Analyst/Lawyer. , PL&A 2005
  • Michael Herity

    MA, PhD Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, UCD Member, PL&A 1980
  • Gordon Leslie Herries Davies

    MA(Dubl, Manc), PhD(Dubl). FTCD(Emeritus) Retired Professor of Geography, TCD , Science 1979
  • Charles Hepworth Holland

    BSc(Manc 1950), MA(Dubl 1968), PhD(Lond 1956) Emeritus FTCD, Former Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, TCD. , Science 1971
  • George Leonard Huxley

    BA, MA, LittD(hc Dubl), DLitt(hc QUB) Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Ancient Classics, NUIM, Honorary Professor of Classics, TCD , PL&A 1971
  • Helmut Jäger

    University of Würzburg Honorary Member, PL&A 1990


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