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

Cuireann Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann an taighde chun cinn. Tugaimid aitheantas do scoth taighdeoirí na hÉireann. Tugaimid tacaíocht don scoláireacht agus cuirimid an pobal ar an eolas faoin leas atá le baint as an eolaíocht agus as na daonnachtaí. Creidimid gur gá an dea-thaighde a chur chun cinn, a chothú agus a chur in iúl don phobal. Comhairle dá chuid ball a reachtálann an tAcadamh. Déantar baill a thoghadh agus meastar gurb é an gradam acadúil is airde in Éirinn é.

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Hamilton Day

Hamilton Day commemorates a ground-breaking discovery by one of Ireland’s most famous scientist. On 16 October 1843, William Rowan Hamilton discovered quaternion algebra, while walking along the Royal Canal from Dunsink Observatory to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). This was one of those very rare Eureka moments in the history of science. So excited was he by his discovery that he scratched his equation on the wall of Broome Bridge, Cabra.

Hamilton Prize

Each year mathematics departments in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Maynooth University, University of Limerick, TU Dublin and Queen's University Belfast are invited to nominate their "best" student in their penultimate year of undergraduate mathematical studies for the prize. 

A Celebration

The day includes an award ceremony to recognise the most gifted third level mathematics students in Ireland, a masterclass for early-career researchers and concludes with the Hamilton lecture which is given by an internationally renowned speaker.

Latest Hamilton Day News and Events

Previous Hamilton Days

Past Hamilton Day speakers have included Roger Penrose, Robert Merton, Cédric Villani, Lisa Randall and Frank Wilczek. A complete list of all Hamilton Day speakers can be viewed here. See below for more details on our past Hamilton Day events.

The Cosmic Distance Ladder

Hamilton Day 2020 »

Parties, doughnuts and colouring: some problems in graph theory

Hamilton Day 2019 »

On coin tosses, atoms and forest fires

Hamilton Day 2018 »

Design, Disasters and Development

Hamilton Day 2017 »

Modern cryptography in the age of cloud computing

Hamilton Day 2016 »

Understanding networks through physical metaphors

Hamilton Day 2015 »

Thinking the inaccessible - Large time behaviours, from infinitely small to infinitely large to infinitely long

Hamilton Day 2014 »

Twistor Theory: A Developing Hamiltonian Legacy

Hamilton Day 2013 »

Silver lining, codes and clouds: Error-correcting codes, their asymptotic bounds, and Kolmogorov complexit

Hamilton Day 2012 »

Hamilton Did It

An artwork project that commemorates William Rowan Hamilton's Eureka moment at Broombridge

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