1 | Front Square: Ireland’s oldest university, 1592
Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, on land confiscated from an Augustinian monastery. With no university until then, the Renaissance largely passed Ireland by, and there is no early tradition of science here, as there is in Italy for instance. Irish scientists do make up for it afterwards, however!
Most of the great Irish scientists, thinkers and writers down the centuries have been associated with TCD, among them George Berkeley, George Gabriel Stokes, Sir William Rowan Hamilton, and Nobel physicist Ernest Walton who split the atom.
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