Minister For Education Presents Ria Gold Medals

Monday, 19 December 2011

Pictured at the RIA Gold Medals presentation were (l-r): Professor Eugene Kennedy, RIA Science Secretary; Professor Attracta Ingram, RIA Senior Vice-President; Professor Luke Drury, RIA President; Professor Sean O’ Scanlan Engineering Sciences Gold Medallist; Professor William Schabas, Social Sciences Gold Medal; and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D.
Pictured at the RIA Gold Medals presentation were (l-r): Professor Eugene Kennedy, RIA Science Secretary; Professor Attracta Ingram, RIA Senior Vice-President; Professor Luke Drury, RIA President; Professor Sean O’ Scanlan Engineering Sciences Gold Medallist; Professor William Schabas, Social Sciences Gold Medal; and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D., recently presented the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Gold Medals to the international human rights scholar Professor William Schabas and engineer Professor John O’Scanlan in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Social Sciences and the Engineering Sciences.

The RIA Medals acclaim Ireland’s foremost contributors to the world of learning and science. The Gold Medals are awarded to two outstanding academics each year and are recognised as a truly national expression of celebration for scholarly achievement. The medals are sponsored by The Higher Education Authority and The Irish Independent.

In presenting the medals, Minister Quinn said, “The Academy Gold Medals acclaim Ireland’s foremost contributors to the world of learning and science. The work of this year’s recipients illustrates Ireland’s high standing in the world of learning.”

Professor William Schabas, Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, is one of the leading scholars in the field of international criminal law. His work is closely linked with a range of international judicial institutions including, the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court (ICC). His writings are regularly cited by international courts and tribunals, including the ICC and the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Schabas’ seminal book on the Genocide Convention was cited in the opinions of the ICC in the 2007 Bosnia v. Serbia judgement and clearly influenced the thinking of the court as a whole.

Professor John O’Scanlan, UCD, is widely recognised as one of the leading international living circuit theorists who has made a fundamental contribution to the field of electronic engineering, including electronic circuit and system design, digital circuits and computing, communications and signal processing. Professor Scanlan has many awards and distinctions, a former President of the Royal Irish Academy (1993-1996); he is also a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Welcoming this award NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne said: “On behalf of NUI Galway, I extend warmest congratulations to our colleague, Professor Schabas on receiving this wonderful distinction from the RIA.  This accolade will undoubtedly add lustre to his international academic standing, as well as underscore this University’s reputation as a centre of world-class research and teaching.” 

 

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