Academics awarded nation's highest honour
TWO of Ireland's outstanding thinkers were yesterday awarded the country's highest academic honour.
The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Gold Medal was presented to international human rights scholar Professor William Schabas and engineer Professor Sean O Scanlan in recognition of their contribution to the world of learning and science.
Professor Schabas, of NUI Galway, one of the leading scholars in the field of international criminal law, was celebrated for his contribution to the social sciences.
His work is closely linked to the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Professor Scanlan, formerly of University College Dublin (UCD), has earned worldwide recognition for his contribution to the field of electronic engineering, including electronic circuit and system design, digital circuits and computing, communications and signal processing
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn presented the medals, sponsored by The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Independent.