21 November 2023
The 2024 RIA Gold Medal in the Engineering Sciences has been awarded to Máire O'Neill MRIA and the 2024 RIA Gold Medal in the Social Sciences has been awarded to Brigid Laffan MRIA.
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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.
J. Caz Bentley had an honours BA from the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Classical Studies. Caz was an artist who worked in several mediums - stained glass, acrylics, ceramics, silver point, painting, wood/stone carving and woodblock/wood engraving. His many wood engravings, influenced by Irish history, are stylised Neo-Celtic designs, depicting the many animals represented in the traditional art of the Middle Ages. Much of his inspiration can be attributed to the years he spent as Master Alasdair of Raasay in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), a medieval recreation society. With a sword in one hand, a chisel in the other, he never stopped creating.
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