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Prof. Frank McDermott elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Published: Friday, 22 May, 2020

Today (22 May 2020), Institute member Prof. Frank McDermott, of UCD School of Earth Science, was one of 29 new members elected to the Royal Irish Academy. Under usual circumstances, the occasion is marked with a handshake from the President of the Academy, but this year things were slightly different. President Mary Canning welcomed the new members, a group of exceptional individuals who are internationally renowned in their respective fields, by video call. 

Welcoming the newly admitted members, Dr Canning remarked ‘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’.

Prof. Frank McDermott is a geochemist, with broad interests in aqueous and low-temperature geochemistry, mineral weathering, isotope geology and U-series dating methods, palaeoclimatology, atmospheric processes and energy meteorology. A past member of the Executive Management Committees of the SFI-funded iCRAG Research Centre (2015-2019) and a current Member of the Executive Committee for ESIPP project (2015-present), Frank aslso sits on the Earth Institute's executive committee as one of the Climate Theme leads. 

All of us at the Earth Institute would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Frank on this fantastic acheivement!


For the full list of new members, you can visit the RIA website here