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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  • Ruth Barton

    BA(Dubl 1981) MA(NUI 1992) PhD(NUI 2000) University Lecturer, TCD Member, PL&A 2021
  • Brian Bates

    BSc, MSc(Nottm), DIC, PhD(Lond) Emeritus Professor of Physics, QUB Member, Science 1995
  • John Raphael (Ray) Bates

    BSc(NUI 1962), PhD(MIT 1969) Emeritus Professor of Meteorology, University of Copenhagen; Adjunct Professor of Meteorology, UCD Member, Science 1986
  • Avril Behan

    TU Dublin
  • Catherine Behan

    Assistant Accounts Officer, Finance Department
  • Steven Ernest John Bell

    BSc, PhD(QUB 1983, 1986) Professor of Physical Chemistry, QUB Member, Science 2020
  • Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell

    BSc(Glasgow), PhD(Cantab) President, Royal Society of Edinburgh Honorary Member, Science 2012
  • Keith David Bennett

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab 1979, 1983, 1983) Emeritus Professor, University of St Andrew’s Member, Science 2011
  • Colette Bennett

    Social Justice Ireland
  • Joseph Bergin

    BA,MA(NUI 1970, 1972); PhD(Cantab 1977); DLitt(Manchester 2004); DLitt(hc Sorbonne University 2019) Emeritus Professor of History, University of Manchester Honorary Member, PL&A 2020
  • Paul Anthony Elliott Bew

    MA, PhD(Cantab 1971, 1974) Professor of Politics, QUB Member, PL&A 2004
  • Werner Blau

    DiplPhys(Rosenburg 1979, 1983), DR, RER, NAT(Regensburg), MA(Dubl 1989), DSc(Dubl 1999). FTCD Professor of Physics of Advanced Materials, TCD Member, Science 2001
  • Sir Kenneth Percy Bloomfield

    BA, MA(Oxon 1952, 1956), LLD(hc QUB 1991), DUniv(hc Open University 2000), DLitt(hc Ulster 2002) Writer and former Chairman, Northern Ireland Higher Education Council Member, PL&A 2008
  • John Boardman

    Emeritus Lincoln College Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford Honorary Member, PL&A 1986
  • Walter Fred Bodmer

    BA, MA, PhD(Cantab), DSc(hc Bath, Oxon, Hull, Edin, Bristol, Loughborough, Lanc, Aberdeen, Plymouth, Lond, Salford, UMIST, Surrey), Dr(hc Leuven, Masaryk), MD (hc), FRS College Principal and Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford Honorary Member, Science 1998
  • John Boland

    BSc(NUI 1979), PhD(California Institute of Technology 1984) Director, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructure and Nanodevices (CRANN), TCD Member, Science 2010
  • Mary Ann Bolger

    Lecturer in Design History and Visual Culture, TU Dublin
  • Vani Kant Borooah

    MA(Bombay 1969), PhD(Southampton 1978) Professor of Applied Economics, UU Member, PL&A 2006
  • Angela Bourke

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1972, 1974, 1983) Emerita Professor of Irish-Language Studies, UCD Member, PL&A 2004
  • Andrew Bowie

    BA(Dubl 1993), PhD(Dubl 1997). FTCD Head of Immunology and Professor of Immunology, TCD Member, Science 2014
  • Peter John Bowler

    BA(Cantab), MSc(Sussex), PhD(Toronto). FBA Retired Professor, QUB Member, PL&A 1993
  • Derek Raymond Boyd

    BSc, PhD, DSc(QUB 1963, 1966, 1977) Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry, QUB Member, Science 2004
  • Geraldine B Boylan

    MA(NUI 2008), PhD(Kings College London 2002), MSc(University of London, 1991) Professor of Neonatal Physiology, UCC Member, Science 2022
  • Gerard Eugene Boyle

    BA(NUI 1977), MA(NUI 1978), PhD(NUI 1978) Director, Teagasc Member, PL&A 2010


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