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

  • 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
  • Peter Desmond Harbison

    MA(NUI), Dr Phil(Marburg). HonFTCD Professor of Archaeology, Royal Hibernian Academy and Honorary Academic Editor, Royal Irish Academy , PL&A 1979
  • 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 Harmon

    MA, PhD(NUI), DHumL(UC) Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD , PL&A 1976
  • 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

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