James Robert McConnell

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James Robert C. McConnell (born Dublin 1915; died 1999) was educated at O’Connell Schools, Dublin, and University College Dublin (UCD). He entered UCD in 1932 and graduated in 1936 with a first-class honours degree in mathematics, and was made a Doctor of Mathematical Sciences by the Royal University of Rome (La Sapienza) in 1941.

Rev. McConnell was appointed a scholar in the newly founded Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in 1942. Dr McConnell was appointed Professor of Mathematical Physics in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, getting awarded a DSc from the National University of Ireland from his research there in 1949. He is best known for research on Rotational Brownian motion, the electric and magnetic properties of matter and the theory of the negative proton (or anti-proton).[1]

McConnell was the 1986 recipient of the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence.

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  1. ^ Royal Dublin Society, James Robert McConnell, retrieved 2013-12-13