Four TCD Academics Elected to Royal Irish Academy

Posted on: 16 May 2008

Four academics from Trinity College Dublin have been elected as Members of the Royal Irish Academy . Election to the Royal Irish Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland .

The four new Members are: Dr Katharine Simms, Professor James Lunney, Professor Kingston Mills, and Professor Patrick Prendergast.

Dr Katharine Simms is a Senior Lecturer in History, in the School of Histories and Humanities and Director of the Medieval History Research Centre. Her research centres on the social history of Gaelic Ireland, historical sources in the Irish language, and the military and ecclesiastical history of medieval Ireland .

Professor James Lunney is Associate Professor of Physics and Head of the School of Physics . His current research interests are in high power laser-matter interactions and plasma physics, with particular emphasis on pulsed laser evaporation and deposition of solid materials for research.

Professor Kingston Mills, is Professor of Experimental Immunology at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. He is an immunologist with an international reputation in the area of T lymphocytes – white blood cells which destroy abnormal cells – and immunomodulation, changes in the body’s immune system caused by agents that activate or suppress its function.

Professor Patrick Prendergast is Professor of Bioengineering at the School of Engineering and Director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. His research is on design and testing of medical devices, particularly on simulating the performance of orthopaedic and cardiovascular implants.

The criterion for election to membership is a significant contribution to scholarly or scientific research as shown in the candidate’s published academic work. Membership of the Academy, which is by peer nomination and election, is limited to those scientists and scholars normally resident in Ireland .

About the Royal Irish Academy (RIA)

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 .

For 223 years membership of the Royal Irish Academy has been keenly competed for, as it is the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic achievement. There are now 404 Members of the Academy, in disciplines from the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Those elected are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name.

Dr katharine simms, professor james lunney, professor kingston mills, and professor patrick prendergast.

Professor James Lunney, Professor Nicholas Canny, President of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Patrick Prendergast, Dr Katharine Simms and Professor Kingston Mills.