Heritage Series

William Rowan Hamilton's Schooldays in Trim

Wednesday 8 November at 8pm

William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) is the most famous mathematician ever to have come out of Ireland. From 1827 on he was Royal Astronomer for Ireland, based in Dunsink Observatory in Castleknock near Dublin. This talk explores Hamilton’s education in Trim, Co. Meath from the age of three to when he took the Entrance Examination to Trinity College, Dublin at the age of eighteen. The talk will illustrate popular aspects of his work, such as the prediction of eclipses and star configurations, and also his contributions to Optics, begun during his school days in Trim.

Miguel de AMiguel de Arce retired from the Department of Genetics, TCD in 2015. He has since moved to Galway, where he is now taking an MA in History at NUI, Galway. He has published in academic journals on Human and Medical Genetics and on the History of Science in the Nineteenth Century. He has also published poetry in the USA, UK and Ireland.  Broom bridge plaque

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Next Talk: Tuesday 21 November at 8pm

The Company of Trees

Thomas Pakenham of Tullynally Castle

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What is the Heritage Series?

In its Heritage Lectures the Lismullin Institute seeks to explore various aspects of our local heritage so that visitors to the Lismullin Conference Centre and our neighbours will have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history and attractions of their surroundings. The Lismullin Institute is pleased to invite you to some or all of these public, stand-alone lectures in Lismullin Conference Centre. The Lectures will begin at 8pm and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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