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New Post-doctoral Researcher Awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship

20 April 2015

Fiona Smyth has been awarded a three-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship and will be joining the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering as an interdisciplinary post-doctoral researcher working with Prof Henry Rice. Fiona will be based for two years in the University of Harvard where she will work with Prof Peter Galison in the Dept of the History of Science. On her return to TCD in the third year of the Fellowship, she will work in the Acoustics Research Group at TCD and hopes to focus on aspects of architectural acoustics.

The research, entitled ‘Science as Applied to Building’: Science, Construction and Architectural Acoustics (1914-1954) will take approaches combining both historical research with modern laboratory analyses.
Fiona has previously worked with Henry Rice, Frank Boland, Marcin Gorzel and Gavin Kearney in the Engineering School in TCD, and with Donal Lennon of the Built Environment Laboratory in UCD on heritage acoustics, reporting on the acoustics of St Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals in Dublin and St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire.

Her PhD thesis, co-supervised by Henry Rice, was awarded the Newman Medal for architectural acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America. That PhD research was also awarded the Stanley Smith Prize for Construction History by the UK Construction History Society in 2014. Since then, her post-doctoral work on acoustics has been supported by research grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the British Society for the History of Science, and most recently, by a Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholarship.


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