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Professor John Dillon, Emeritus Professor Greek, was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens on June 15th, 2010, in recognition of his significant and original contribution to the study of Greek philosophy.

Prof John Dillon

On June 15, 2010, in recognition of his significant and original contribution to the study of Greek philosophy, John Dillon was formally elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens

He is one of the few foreigners, and the first Irish academic, to have received this singular honour.

Professor Dillon belongs to a family which over generations has contributed much to Irish public life and education. His father Myles Dillon was a renowned Celtic scholar. His uncle, James Dillon, was the popular and colourful politician, leader of Fine Gael and Minister for Agriculture. His grandfather was the famous Roscommon land reform agitator, John Dillon, MP and last leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

Professor Dillon studied at King's Inns, UCD, and Oxford; he took his PhD at Berkeley in California. He recently retired as Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, and has since devoted much of his time to promote the development of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens (external).

He is recognised as one of the top international scholars of Platonist philosophy; he has published almost thirty books, and nearly 150 articles. Plato set up his school in the sacred grove named after the legendary hero Akademos. We congratulate John Dillon on having been appointed to the present day Academy of Athens.


Last updated 25 February 2011 ryanw1@tcd.ie.