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

  • William James Louden Ryan

    MA, PhD, DEconSc(NUI), DSc(Ulster). FTCD Former Governor, Bank of Ireland , PL&A 1986
  • John Oliver (Séan). Scanlan

    BE, ME(NUI), PhD(Leeds), DSc(NUI) Professor of Electronic Engineering, UCD , Science 1977
  • Alexander Brian Scott

    BA, DPhil(Oxon) Emeritus Professor of Latin, QUB , PL&A 1980
  • George Demetrius Sevastopulo

    BA, MA(Cantab), PhD(Dubl). FTCD Emeritus Professor of Geology, TCD , Science 1988
  • Michael Cornelius Sexton

    BSc, MSc(NUI), PhD(Liverpool), DSc(NUI) Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCC , Science 1971
  • Richard Sharpe

    BA(Cantab 1977), MA(Cantab 1980), PhD(Cantab 1987), FBA Professor of Diplomatic, Oxford , PL&A 2018
  • David John Simms

    MA(Dubl), PhD(Cantab). FTCD(Emeritus) Former Professor of Mathematics, TCD , Science 1978
  • Richard Sinnott

    BA, MA(NUI), PhD(Georgetown) Professor of Political Science, UCD , PL&A 2012
  • J.A. Carson Stewart

    BSc, PhD(QUB 1959, 1963) Emeritus Professor of Electrical Communications, QUB , Science 1993
  • Peter Denis Sutherland

    PhD(hc, from fifteen universities) Chairman (London School of Economics and Goldman Sachs International), Former Attorney General of Ireland, EC Commissioner, Chairman of Allied Irish Bank and BP plc and Director-General of GATT, WTO. , PL&A 2002
  • Charles Thomas

    Former Professor of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter Honorary Member, PL&A 1973
  • David George Walmsley

    PhD(McMaster 1965), DSc(QUB 1980). CPhys, PPhys, FInstP Emeritus Professor of Physics, QUB , Science 1988
  • Brendan M Walsh

    MA, PhD Emeritus Professor of Economics, UCD Member, PL&A 1980
  • Harry Robert James Walters

    BA, PhD, MA(Cantab 1966, 1969 1977). CPhys, FInstP Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, QUB. , Science 2003
  • Steven Weinberg

    BS (Cornell), PhD (Princeton), FRS Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science & Regental Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas , Science 2007
  • Richard G. West

    Professor of Geology, University of Cambridge , Science 1979
  • Christopher Thomas Whelan

    BA, DPA, Dip Stat(NUI), MSc(LSE), PhD(Lond) Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow, QUB, Professor in Sociology, UCD , PL&A 2006
  • James Francis Whiston

    BA, MA, PhD, LittD(Dubl 1969,1972,1975,2001). FTCD Fellow Emeritus, TCD. , PL&A 2010
  • Thomas Kenneth Whitaker

    MSc(Lond), DEconSc, LLD Retired Public Servant. Former Senator, Seanad Éireann and Former Chancellor, NUIG , PL&A 1975
  • Peter Woodman

    BA, PhD(QUB), DLitt. FSA Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, UCC , PL&A 1988
  • Barbara Wright

    MA, LLB, PhD (Cantab), LittD (Dubl). Emerita Professor of French Literature, TCD , PL&A 1988


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