Five TCD Academics Honoured by Royal Irish Academy

Posted on: 24 March 2005

The Royal Irish Academy elected five TCD academics as Members of the Royal Irish Academy on Wednesday 16th March 2005. Election to membership of the Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland. Those honoured were: Charles Dorman, Professor of Microbiology; John Fitzpatrick, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering ; John Horne, Associate Professor of Modern History ; Dennis Kennedy, Samuel Beckett Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies; and Malcolm MacLachlan, Associate Professor of Psychology. Those elected are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ (Member of the Royal Irish Academy) after their name. The Royal Irish Academy is an all-Ireland, independent, academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. It is the principal learned society in Ireland and has approximately 412 Members elected in recognition of their academic achievement. Well-known Academy members include: Dr Garret FitzGerald; Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney; Mr Dermot Gleeson ; Mr Peter Sutherland; Professor Joe Lee; Professor Ronan Fanning; Mrs Mary Robinson, Professor David McConnell (TCD Geneticist), Professor Richard Kearney; and President Mary McAleese.