Ireland has produced numerous top scientists who have made a huge contribution to our modern world.
Their work covers a broad spectrum from developing medical treatments to pioneering new technologies and revolutionising the way we work, rest and play. We want to celebrate their work by highlighting their achievements. Click on the names below for more information.
His work on chemotherapy medication for tuberculosis led him to develop a compound that became part of the treatment for leprosy. He is credited for helping to save over 15 million lives.
Developed the Beaufort Wind Force Scale which is still used by sailors across the world today.
Inventor of the guided missile which was used by the British military to defend their harbours.
Inventor of the modern tractor, and a lover of aviation.
Inventor of the world’s first submarine which was used by the US, British and Japanese navies.
A geophysicist Robert Mallet is often referred to as the father of seismology.
Pioneering astronomer. Much of her work was attributed to her husband.
Inventor of the hypodermic syringe.
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