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. After leaving UCD McConnell, studied for the priesthood, entering Clonliffe College after a year moving to Rome, earning a BD, BCL(Cannon Law) and STL degrees and was ordained in 1939, as made a Doctor of Mathematical Sciences by the Royal University of Rome (La Sapienza) in 1941.[1]

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.[2] 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).

Dr. McConnell served as Dean of the Faculty of Science, of Maynooth, from 1957 to 1968, and registrar of the College from 1966 to 1968.[1]

McConnell was the 1986 recipient of the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence.[3] Dr. McConnell was appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1990, and honoured with the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

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  1. ^ a b Mgr James Robert McConnell Irish Times, April 9, 1999.
  2. ^ Rev. Msgr. James Robert McConnell by George V. Coyne, SJ., Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
  3. ^ Boyle Medal Laureates Royal Dublin Society