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Favourite DIB lives: James Deeny, medical doctor and public health official

Friday, 1 May 2020

Selected by the DIB's Turlough O'Riordan, doctor James Deeny was a leading public health figure in Ireland, and internationally, with the World Health Organisation. Widely respected for his scientifically...

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Favourite DIB lives: Henry MacCormac, physician

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Selected by the DIB’s Terry Clavin, Henry MacCormac’s work in mitigating the worst effects of the 1832 Asian cholera epidemic provides inspiration for our times. His entry is part of our #LockdownReading series.

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Favourite DIB lives: Sir Charles Alexander Cameron, medical officer

Monday, 27 April 2020

Selected by Dr Frank Cullen (Irish Historic Towns Atlas), Sir Charles Cameron was a Victorian polymath who served as Chief Medical Officer for Dublin and instituted significant advances in health and sanitation for the...

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Favourite DIB lives: ‘Typhoid Mary' Mallon

Friday, 24 April 2020

Selected and written by DIB alumnus Lawrence William White, Mary Mallon was an early-twentieth century ‘super spreader’ of typhoid as cook to New York’s elite. Her biography is part of our ‘Favourite DIB lives’ series.

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Favourite DIB Lives: Róisín Walsh, Dublin City chief librarian

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Selected by Dr Kate O'Malley, managing editor of the DIB, Róisín Walsh (1889–1949) was Dublin's first chief librarian, as well as a feminist and republican. This biography is part of our 'Favourite DIB lives' ...

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Favourite DIB lives: Dorothy Stopford-Price, dochtúir

Monday, 20 April 2020

Selected by Dr Déirdre D’Auria, Eagarthóir Cúnta, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge, paediatrician Dorothy Stopford-Price conducted groundbreaking research into the treatment of TB in children. Her entry is...

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Favourite DIB lives: R. M. Barrington, ornithologist

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Selected by Dr Eoin Kinsella (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), R. M. Barrington (1849–1915) teamed up with lighthouse keepers around the country to develop Irish ornithology's seminal work on bird migration...

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Favourite DIB lives at Easter: the Pearse brothers

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Selected and illustrated by David Rooney (illustrator of the DIB book: 1916 Portraits and Lives), Easter rising leader Patrick Pearse and his brother William were executed a day apart for their roles in the...

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Favourite DIB lives: Virgilius Maro Grammaticus

Monday, 6 April 2020

Selected by Dr Anthony Harvey of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS), Virgilius Maro Grammaticus was an enigmatic author and a gifted coiner of new Latin words. His biography...

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Favourite DIB lives: John Philip Holland, submarine inventor

Monday, 6 April 2020

Selected by the DIB's Dr Niav Gallagher, John Philip Holland was the inventor of the submarine, a vessel initially rejected by the US navy as ‘a fantastic scheme of a civilian landsman’. Holland's biography is...

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