Prof Nolan was among the 27 new Members admitted by RIA President Dr Mary Canning in a virtual ceremony this afternoon. The new Members were elected for their exceptional contribution to the sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as to public service.
In his citation, Prof Nolan is noted as “a distinguished researcher, teacher and administrator, who has received several prestigious research awards as well as the President’s Teaching Award at University College Dublin. He has provided outstanding leadership to Maynooth University since his appointment as president in 2011. Most recently, he has chaired the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, with responsibility for advising government on the response to the Covid-19 virus, and has earned national admiration for his dedication and sound counsel.”
Welcoming the newly admitted Members, Dr Canning said: “These 27 new Members are recognised for their scholarly achievements, typically reflecting many years of research, or for significant contributions to Irish society. They bring international academic distinction to our country and we should be immensely proud of these remarkable women and men. As Members of the Academy, they will strengthen our capacity to provide expert advice on Higher Education and Research policy.”
The 27 new Members of the Academy are:
Francis Peter Barry (NUIG); Frank Barry (TCD); Ruth Barton (TCD); Joseph Bergin (Manchester University); John Brannigan (UCD); Janice Carruthers (QUB); John Crown (St Vincent's, DCU, UCD); Deirdre Curtin (European University Institute); Philip Dine (NUIG); John Feehan (UCD); Gerard W Hogan (Court of Justice of the European Union); Derek Jackson (UU); Pierre Joannon (Independent scholar); Joseph Keane (TCD); Ed Lavelle (TCD); Anne Magurran (University of St Andrews); N Gerard McElvaney (RCSI); Rory Montgomery (QUB, TCD); Michael Anthony Morris (TCD); Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (UCD); Philip Nolan (MU); Bashar Nuseibeh (UL); Brian O’Connor (UCD); Lorraine O’Driscoll (TCD); Richard Schoch (QUB); Patrick Sims-Williams (Aberystwyth University); Desmond Tobin (UCD).
The RIA has honoured Ireland’s leading contributors to the world of learning since its establishment in 1785, and those elected by their peers are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name.
There are 637 Members of the RIA including: Nobel Laureates William C. Campbell and John O'Keefe; Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Frances Ruane, economist; Philip Lane, European Central Bank; Fabiola Gianotti, Director General CERN; Brigid Laffan, Irish political scientist and Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; and Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Irelands Permanent Representative to the UN.
Past Members have included Maria Edgeworth, a pioneer of the modern novel and Nobel laureates: WB Yeats; Ernest Walton, Erwin Schrödinger and Seamus Heaney.