THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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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Membership

  • John Waddell

    PhD Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, NUIG Member, PL&A 2000
  • John Lionel Waddington

    MA(Cantab), PhD, DSc(Lond) Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI Member, Science 2003
  • Patrick Francis Wallace

    BA, PhD(NUI), DPhil(hc Roskilde 2007). FSA, Order of the Dannebrog Director Emeritus, National Museum of Ireland Member, PL&A 1993
  • Edward M. Walsh

    BEng (NUI 1961), MS, PhD(Iowa State 1963, 1964), LLD(hc Dubl 1992, QUB 1995, NUI 1998), DSc(hc UU 1997), DLitt(hc UL 2010) Founding President, UL Member, Science 1999
  • Dermot Patrick Joseph Walsh

    LLB(QUB), BL(Inn of Court of Northern Ireland), PhD(NUI) Professor of Law, Kent Member, PL&A 2011
  • Harry Robert James Walters

    BA, PhD, MA(Cantab 1966, 1969 1977). CPhys, FInstP Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, QUB. Member, Science 2003
  • Richard Boyden Warner

    BA, MA(Cantab) Retired Keeper of Archaeology and Ethnography, Ulster Museum Member, PL&A 1995
  • James Dewey Watson

    BS (Chicago), PhD (Indiana) Chancellor, Professor of Genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York Honorary Member, Science 2005
  • Graeme William Watson

    BSc(Bath 1990), PhD(Bath 1994), FTCD Professor, TCD Member, Science 2018
  • Denis Lawrence Weaire

    BA, PhD(Cantab), DSc(hc Tech.U.Lisbon). FRS Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural Experimental Philosophy, TCD Member, Science 1987
  • Steven Weinberg

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

    Professor of Geology, University of Cambridge Honorary Member, Science 1979
  • Roger William Whatmore

    BA(1973), MA(1977), PhD(Cavendish Lab), ScD(Cantab 2001) Consultant Member, Science 2012
  • Sally Wheeler

    DPhil, MA(Oxon), OBE Dean, College of Law, Australian National University Member, PL&A 2013
  • Ruth E. Whelan

    MA, HDipEd, DEA, PhD Professor of French, MU Member, PL&A 2000
  • Christopher Thomas Whelan

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

    BA(Dubl 1991), PhD(MIT 1997) Professor of Economics, UCD Member, PL&A 2010
  • Bernadette Whelan

    BA(NUI 1981), MA(NUI 1984), PhD(NUI 1989) Vice-President Associate Professor, UL Member, PL&A 2015
  • Harry White

    DMus(NUI), PhD(Dubl), MA(Toronto). FRIAM Hon, FASC Professor of Music, University College Dublin Member, PL&A 2006
  • David Whitehead

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab 1972, 1976, 1975), DLit(QUB) Professor of Ancient History, QUB Member, PL&A 1999
  • David Clive Williams

    BSc, PhD(Wales). FTCD Professor of Chemical Biology, TCD. Member, Science 1996
  • Timothy Williamson

    BA(Oxon 1976), MA(Oxon 1981), DPhil(Oxon 1981), MA(ad eundem gradum Dubl 1986). FBA, FRSE Wykeham Professor of Logic, Oxford Honorary Member, PL&A 2014
  • Clair Wills

    MA(Oxon 1985), DPhil(Oxon 1989) Princeton Honorary Member, PL&A 2015
  • David Wilson

    University of London Honorary Member, PL&A 1977
  • Kenneth H. Wolfe

    BA, PhD(Dubl 1986, 1986). FTCD Professor of Genomic Evolution, UCD Member, Science 2000

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