Famous Irish Scientists

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 1 Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle.
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law
Birthdate: January 25, 1627
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: December 30, 1691

Robert Boyle was an Anglo-Irish chemist, natural philosopher, inventor, and physicist. Regarded as the first modern chemist, Boyle is often counted among the founders of modern chemistry. One of the pioneers of the scientific method, Robert Boyle is also remembered for his books, including The Sceptical Chymist, which is viewed as a keystone book in chemistry.

 2 Sir William Rowan Hamilton

Sir William Rowan Hamilton.
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Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician
Birthdate: August 4, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Died: September 2, 1865

Son of a Dublin solicitor, Sir William Rowan Hamilton was raised and educated by his priest uncle from age 3. Initially a master of languages such as Latin, Greek, and Persian, Hamilton began deviating to math at 16. He is remembered for his contribution to optics, Hamiltonian mechanics, and algebra.

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 3 John Lennox

John Lennox.
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Famous As: mathematician, philosopher of science, university teacher
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northern Ireland

 4 John Tyndall

John Tyndall.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 2, 1820
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland
Died: December 4, 1893

Born into a poor Protestant family, Irish physicist John Tyndall was a self-made man who funded his own doctoral education. His contributions include his research on the greenhouse effect and the discovery of the Tyndall effect. Not known to many, he was also an avid mountaineer and glaciologist.

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 5 Walter O'Brien

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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: February 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: County Wexford, Ireland

 6 Teresa Lambe

Teresa Lambe
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 7 Ernest Walton

Ernest Walton.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dungarvan
Died: June 25, 1995

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ernest Walton was the first person to split the atom. He boasted of a PhD from Cambridge and, with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft, developed the world’s first nuclear particle accelerator, or the Cockcroft-Walton generator, with which they conducted the first artificial nuclear reaction without radioactive substances.

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 8 Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skerries, Ireland

 9 Mary Ward

Mary Ward
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: April 27, 1827
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballylin, County Offaly, Ireland
Died: 1869 AD

 10 Francis Beaufort

Francis Beaufort
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Famous As: Hydrographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1774
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Navan
Died: December 17, 1857

 11 Joseph Larmor

Joseph Larmor
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: County Antrim, Ireland
Died: May 19, 1942

 12 Emma Teeling

Emma Teeling
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 13 Eleanor Maguire

Eleanor Maguire
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Famous As: Neuroscientist
Birthdate: March 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 14 John Joly

John Joly
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 1, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holywood, Ireland
Died: December 8, 1933

 15 Tara Shine

Tara Shine
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Famous As: Environmental scientist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: not known

 16 George Salmon

George Salmon
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Famous As: Mathematician, Chess player
Birthdate: September 25, 1819
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 22, 1904

 17 Edward Sabine

Edward Sabine
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: October 14, 1788
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 26, 1883

 18 Robert Mallet

Robert Mallet
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: June 3, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 5, 1881

 19 William C. Campbell

William C. Campbell
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: June 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ramelton, Ireland

 20 Niamh Shaw

Niamh Shaw
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: ireland

 21 John Sealy Townsend

John Sealy Townsend
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
Died: February 16, 1957

 22 Richard Kirwan

Richard Kirwan
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: August 1, 1733
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
Died: June 22, 1812

 23 George Francis FitzGerald

George Francis FitzGerald
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Famous As: Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: February 22, 1901

 24 John Kells Ingram

John Kells Ingram
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 7, 1823
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pettigo, Ireland
Died: May 1, 1907

 25 Robert Adrain

Robert Adrain
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 30, 1775
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland
Died: August 10, 1843

 26 Henry Horatio Dixon

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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: May 19, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 20, 1953

 27 George Darley

George Darley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 23, 1846

 28 Abdusalam Abubakar

Abdusalam Abubakar
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Somalia

 29 James Hingston Tuckey

James Hingston Tuckey
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: July 31, 1776
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mallow, Ireland
Died: October 4, 1816

 30 Sir Richard Griffith, 1st Baronet

Sir Richard Griffith, 1st Baronet
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: September 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 22, 1878

 31 Mountifort Longfield

Mountifort Longfield
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: 1802 AD
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: November 21, 1884