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04-08-2011, 06:14 PM
Reverend Professor Nicholas Callan

Professor of Natural Philosophy
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

Invented the induction coil

04-08-2011, 06:17 PM
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Born 15 July 1943 (1943-07-15) (age 68)
Northern Ireland
Citizenship British
Fields Astrophysics
Alma mater Glasgow (BSc), Cambridge (PhD)
Doctoral advisor Antony Hewish
Known for Discovering the first four pulsars
Influences Fred Hoyle Frontiers of Astronomy (1955); Mr Tillot (her school physics teacher)
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society (March 2003)

Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS

Discovered Pulsars

04-08-2011, 06:34 PM
Sir William Rowan Hamilton (4 August 1805 – 2 September 1865) - born at
8 Dominick Street Dublin

Professor of Astronomy

Theory of Quaternions

Quantum Mechanics

04-08-2011, 06:39 PM
Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745)

born at No. 7, Hoey's Court, Dublin

Gulliver's Travels

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-08-2011, 06:50 PM
Dr Oliver Goldsmith- just learning a bit more about him. Came to prominence as a writer and was part of Ben Johnson's set in London in the 18th century. A contemporary of Edmund Burke's at Trinity and famed for his knowledge of Horace and ability to translate same.

Bit of a rogue according to Boswell's Life of Dr Johnson- managed to do a peculiar Grand Tour of the Continent by use of a little known system of presenting himself at a University and demanding to be entered on the lists as a 'disputant' which earned him the gift of a small sum of money. He was not entitled to utilise this ancient right of scholars but being a knowledgeable fellow was able to bluff his way around on the back of this archaism.

Wrote something strange in his early career called 'An Enquiry Into The Present State of Polite Learning In Europe' and 'The Citizen of the World' which was presented as a series of letters written by a Chinese man based in London. Have to get hold of these!

Could not bear to be outdone and once broke his shin attempting to show that a parlour trick accomplished by a puppeteer could easily be done. Claimed he had a brother who was Dean of Durham although this was clearly untrue.

Johnson had to bail him out when an alarmed message reached him that Goldsmiths landlady had had him arrested for debt- Johnson scooted around and Goldsmith said he had a novel written and could Johnson help him to sell it for fast money- Johnson glanced through the manuscript of 'Vicar of Wakefield' and realised it was saleable and quickly sold it to a publisher for sixty pounds to have Goldsmith released from arrest.

I'm sure there's more but I have not finished Boswell yet so may add some more odd insights into Goldsmith!

04-08-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks Capt O' - the more the merrier.

04-08-2011, 07:42 PM
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (6 October 1903 – 25 June 1995)

born in Abbeyside, Co. Waterford,

Nobel laureate - the only Irishman to have won a Nobel Prize in science.

Rutherford student.

Voltage multiplier

04-08-2011, 07:47 PM
Clive Staples Lewis

born in Belfast, Ireland, on 29 November 1898

Writer - Chronicles of Narnia

04-08-2011, 07:57 PM
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941)

Rathgar Dublin

writer - Ulysses, Finnegans Wake etc.

04-08-2011, 08:01 PM
John Philip Holland (Irish: Seán Pilib Ó hUallacháin / Ó Maolchalann) (29 February 1840 – 2 August 1914[1])

born in Liscannor, County Clare,

the first submarine In 1881, Fenian Ram

04-08-2011, 08:05 PM
George Johnstone Stoney (15 February 1826 – 5 July 1911)

born at Oakley Park, near Birr

introducing the term electron

04-08-2011, 08:08 PM
James Francis "Frank" Pantridge, MD, CBE (3 October 1916 – 26 December 2004)


the invention of the portable defibrillator.

04-08-2011, 08:30 PM
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin OM, GCVO, PC, PRS, PRSE, (26 June 1824 – 17 December 1907

' Kelvin ' - Lord Kelvin is widely known for realising that there was a lower limit to temperature, absolute zero;

He attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution

04-08-2011, 08:38 PM
Mary Ward (27 April 1827 - 31 August 1869)

born Mary King in Ballylin, near Ferbane,


04-08-2011, 08:48 PM
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)

Writer , The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, The Picture of Dorian Gray etc.

04-08-2011, 08:58 PM
William Butler Yeats - Nobel laureate 13 June 1865–28 January 1939


04-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Seamus Heaney born 13 April 1939 Nobel Laureate


04-08-2011, 09:06 PM
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912)

born on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf

Writer of Dracula

04-08-2011, 09:10 PM
James Hoban (c. 1758 – December 8, 1831)


Designed The White House in Washington, D.C.

04-08-2011, 09:13 PM
Sir Francis Beaufort, FRS, FRGS (27 May 1774 – 17 December 1857)

Wind Scale

04-08-2011, 09:15 PM
William Dargan (1799–1867)

Irish railways

05-08-2011, 04:07 AM
Most of these interesting Irishmen appear to be Anglicans from the English ruling class.

05-08-2011, 06:53 AM
Most of these interesting Irishmen appear to be Anglicans from the English ruling class.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (29 April/1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852)

Born in Dublin or County Meath, Ireland

Disposed off Napoleon.

05-08-2011, 10:08 AM
Most of these interesting Irishmen appear to be Anglicans from the English ruling class.

Not true Holly - they are Irish born but may have been claimed by the English ;)