Inaugurated in 1899, the Boyle Medal continues to recognise scientific research of exceptional merit and remains to this day Ireland's premier science award.
Since its inception, the Medal has been awarded to 38 distinguished scientists including George Johnstone Stoney (1899), John Joly (1911), Edward Conway (1967), Patrick Cunningham (1996), Garret A. FitzGerald (2005), Luke O’Neill (2009) and Margaret Murnane (2011).
In 1999 the awarding of the Boyle Medal became a joint venture between the RDS and The Irish Times. It is now awarded biennially - alternating between a scientist based in Ireland and an Irish scientist based abroad. It also carries with it a cash prize of €20,000.
Margaret Murnane, Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence for her pioneering work which has transformed the field of ultrafast laser and x-ray science.
The Medal is named after the acclaimed 'father of chemistry', Robert Boyle (1627-1691), who in 1661 not only introduced the concept of elements and compounds, but also propounded the experimental method upon which all modern science is based.
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Science & Technology
RDS Foundation Department
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