Séamus Davis joins Royal Irish Academy

28th May 2020


Wadham Physicist, Professor J.C. Séamus Davis has been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy for his pioneering work in the physics of quantum materials. 

  • Professor J.C. Séamus Davis

    Professor J.C. Séamus Davis 

For the first time in its 235 year history, Seamus and 28 further new members were admitted to the Academy with a video call rather than a handshake.

Welcoming the newly admitted members, Dr Canning said “Ireland should be immensely proud of these women and men who have brought international acclaim to our country. As members of the Royal Irish Academy they will strengthen our capacity to provide the expert advice Ireland needs at this time.”

In her address she called for the establishment of a multi-disciplinary group of independent scientific advisers under the aegis of the Department of the Taoiseach, to advise government on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland, such as Covid-19 and climate change, as Ireland’s office of the Chief Scientific Adviser currently lacks the staff or budget to do the complex job that is now urgently required.


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