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

  • 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
  • Derrick Samuel Frederick Crothers

    BA, MA(Oxon), PhD(QUB). Hon FTCD Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, QUB , Science 1991
  • Don William Cruickshank

    MA(Aberdeen 1965), PhD(Cantab 1969) Emeritus Professor of Spanish, UCD , PL&A 2004

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