The Royal Irish Academy awards two RIA Gold Medals every year. The medals are awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields.
The medals were established in 2005 to acclaim Ireland’s foremost thinkers in the humanities, social sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, life sciences, engineering sciences and the environment and geosciences.
The medals aim to identify and recognise inspirational figures – the stars of the knowledge economy – in order to celebrate the achievements of higher education in Ireland and to inspire future generations. In doing so, the Gold Medals have become recognised as a truly national expression of celebration for scholarly achievement in Ireland.
In 2018 the Academy will award Gold Medals in the Humanities and in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Further details here.
RIA Gold Medals awarded since 2005
- Professor Malcolm MacLachlan - Social Sciences
- Professor John J. Walsh - Environmental Sciences and Geosciences
- Professor Louis Cullen - Humanities
- Professor Fergus Shanahan - Life Sciences
- Professor Philip R Lane - Social Sciences
- Professor Alan F Smeaton - Engineering Sciences
- Professor Desmond Clarke - Humanities
- Professor Werner Nahm - Physical & Mathematical Sciences
- Professor Rob Kitchin - Social Sciences
- Professor Colin O’Dowd - Environmental Sciences & Geosciences
- Professor Dermot Moran - Humanities
- Professor Luke O’Neill - Life Sciences
- Professor William Schabas - Social Sciences
- Professor John Scanlan - Engineering Sciences
- Professor Cormac Ó Gráda - Humanities
- Professor Samson Shatashvili - Physical & Mathematical Sciences
- Professor David Livingstone - Social Sciences
- Professor Charles Hepworth Holland - Environmental Sciences & Geosciences
- Professor George Eogan- Humanities
- Professor John Fuller Atkins- Life Sciences
- Professor Peter Neary - Social Sciences
- Professor James Dooge - Engineering Sciences
- Professor John Dillon - Humanities
- Professor Michael Coey - Physical & Mathematical Sciences