Three UL Academics announced as new members of the Royal Irish Academy

Prof Tom Lodge, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Prof Andrew Fowler, Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science & Industry, and Prof Mike Zaworotko, Bernal Institute, became members of the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin at the recent 2019 admittance day, they were among 27 new members admitted to the Academy. 

Professor Kennedy, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said that ‘these individuals have made exceptional contributions in their fields of endeavour. We are delighted to recognise their achievements’.

Professor Lodge has worked in universities in Britain, South Africa, the United States, and Ireland. He held a succession of academic posts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg between 1978 and 2005. He has written extensively on South African politics, including Mandela: A Critical Life (2006), published by Oxford University Press. Prof Lodge was previously Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Fowler has been Stokes Professor at MACSI, Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science & Industry since 2007. He is an applied mathematician specialising in mathematical modelling. The main part of my research interests lies in mathematical geoscience, and stems from his doctoral research in glaciology. Since then he has become interested in many other areas of geophysics, geology, petrology, volcanology, as well as geomorphology and Earth surface processes in general. 

Professor Mike Zaworotko currently serves as Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering & Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at UL. Professor Zaworotko has published over 390 peer reviewed papers, review articles and patents that have been cited >32,000 times. In 2011 Thomson-Reuters listed him as the 20th highest impact chemist since 2000 and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 he was listed as a highly cited researcher also by Thomson Reuters.