Celebrating the life and work of renowned Irish mathematical physicist, Dr Sheila Tinney was centrepiece to this year’s Women in Mathematics in Ireland conference. The former University College Dublin academic is believed to be the first Irish woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics.
One of the first four women to be admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, Dr Tinney was also the first female fellow of Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. Addressing delegates on Wednesday, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor took the centenary of her birth to pay tribute to the former UCD lecturer. “In pushing for gender equality, we look for role models, and it is wonderful to celebrate one so close to home. “I would think that she would be proud of the women here today, gathered to support and inspire each other to drive the mathematical sciences in Ireland forward.”

The Women in Mathematics in Ireland conference was organised by UCD’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. First started in 2010, it aims to advance gender equity in the mathematical sciences in Ireland. This year’s conference organisers were Dr Isabella Gollini and Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, from the School of Mathematics & Statistics. Sponsors included the Irish Statistical Association, Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Mathematical Society and Women in Technology and Science.