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Hamilton Day 2019 Review

23 October 2019

On the 16 October each year, a day of celebrations is held to commemorate famed Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton's quaternion algebra 'Eureka moment' in 1843.

This year the Royal Irish Academy was honoured to invite Professor Maria Chudnovsky of Princeton University to help celebrate Hamilton Day.

Hamilton Day 2019 began with a masterclass for students in mathematics, given by Professor Chudnovsky. The masterclass, chaired by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, gave students the opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field of graph theory.

Hamilton Day celebrations continued with the Hamilton Prize award ceremony honouring the top nine undergraduate mathematics students in Ireland, generously sponsored by Ibec. The ceremony took place at Academy House and was attended by family and friends of the recipients, as well as representatives from their university departments and members of the mathematics community in Ireland.

The 2019 Hamilton prize winners are:

  • Andrew Cleary- Trinity College Dublin
  • Francis Flanagan- University of Limerick
  • Amanda Forde- NUI Galway
  • Shane Gibbons- University College Dublin
  • Yimin Guo- TU Dublin
  • Andrew Joyce- Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dara MacConville- Maynooth University
  • Fergal McGuirk- Dublin City University
  • Thomas Sheerin- University College Cork\

Photos from the Prize Ceremony



Missed the 2019 Hamilton Lecture? Watch it now

Finally, the RIA Hamilton Lecture rounded off the day. In her public lecture, held in TCD, Professor Chudnovsky surveyed a few classical problems in graph theory, and explored their relationship to the fields of research that are active today.

Read The Irish Times interview with Professor Chudnovsky: Parties, doughnuts and colouring: welcome to the world of graph theory

Hamilton Day is supported by Ibec with media sponsors, The Irish Times.

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