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DateMonday, December 21, 2009
AuthorS Kelly

TCD Physics Researcher Honoured 

TCD  Professor's Honour by  Royal Society Appointments is a Major Boost to Ireland's Research Reputation - SFI


TCD Physics Professor John Pethica is the first Irish person since 1912 to be honoured with Appointment as a Secretary by the Royal SocietyProfessor John Pethica, an Science Foundation Ireland-funded  Professor of Physics at Trinity College Dublin and visiting Professor at Oxford University has been appointed Physical Sciences Secretary and Vice President  of The Royal Society, the world's oldest science academy, on the eve of  the Society's 350th anniversary in 2010.



Professor Fionn Murtagh, Director of Information Communications & Emergent Technologies, SFI, Welcomed Prof. Pethica's appointment, saying: "Professor John Pethica's elevation to such high-level positions within a prestigious institution so rich in scientific heritage is a major personal achievement and represents a significant boost for Ireland's research reputation.



"This recognition by the Royal Society is a measure of Professor Pethica's immense contribution to scientific research, and exemplifies the calibre of work emanating from Irish third-level institutions, all of which helps to further enhance Ireland's standing on the international stage," said Prof Murtagh.



Prof. Pethica becomes the first Secretary of the Royal Society to have worked in Ireland for almost a century. The last  irish man to be honoured was Joseph Larmor in 1912. He has been a Fellow since 1999.In 2001, Prof. Pethica was one of the first ten recipients of an SFI Principal Investigator award.



The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress. It supports many top young scientists, engineers and technologists, influences science policy, debates scientific issues with the public and much more. The Royal Society is an independent, charitable body which derives its authoritative status from over 1400 Fellows and Foreign Members.





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