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Prof Barry O'Sullivan elected as member of Royal Irish Academy

Professor Barry O'Sullivan became a member of the Royal Irish Academy last Friday. Since 1785 membership of the Academy has been awarded to persons who have attained distinction by their unique contributions to education and research. Among the other 17 new members were: Máire O’ Neill, one of Europe’s leading cryptography experts and the youngest ever professor to be appointed at Queen’s University, Belfast at the age of 32; Stephen O’Rahilly, a world renowned expert who has completed pioneering work on the causes of obesity and Type 2 diabetes – including discovering the obesity gene affecting children; Michael Viney, an Irish Times journalist, environmentalist and natural history author, and Marianne Elliott, one of Ireland’s leading historians.