Patrick Quinlan (politician)

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Patrick Quinlan
In office
22 May 1957 – 27 October 1977
ConstituencyNational University
Personal details
Born(1919-12-07)7 December 1919
County Limerick, Ireland
Died8 November 2001(2001-11-08) (aged 81)
Cork, Ireland
Political partyIndependent
Jane Healy
(m. 1946)

Patrick Michael Quinlan (7 December 1919 – 8 November 2001) was an Irish academic and member of Seanad Éireann from 1957 to 1977.[1]

He was born near Kilfinane, County Limerick on 7 December 1919, to farmer Jeremiah Quinlan and his wife, Josephine (née Casey).[2][3] He was educated at CBS Charleville School, County Cork, and at St Munchin's College in Limerick.[2] In 1938, he attended University College Cork (UCC), where he studied civil engineering.[2] He continued his studies at UCC in mathematical science, graduating with a B.Sc. (1942) and M.Sc. (1943).

He completed his PhD at California Institute of Technology in 1949.[4] He was professor of mathematical physics at University College Cork. He was a member of the governing body of UCC, and a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies from 1971.[3] In 1967, he was awarded a Higher Doctorate, the DSc from the National University of Ireland and in 1978, he was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He was a founder member of the National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1983.[4]

He was elected to the 9th Seanad in 1957 for the National University constituency.[1] He was re-elected to the Seanad in 1961, 1965, 1969 and 1973. He did not contest the 1977 Seanad election.[1]

He authored many publications, including A Dynamic Model of the Irish Economy (1961), and The Edge Function Method (1968).[3]

On 14 February 1946, Quinlan married a fellow UCC graduate, Jane Healy.[2] They had one son and four daughters. He died on 8 November 2001 in Cork.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Patrick Quinlan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Byrne, Patricia M. "Quinlan, Patrick Michael". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  3. ^ a b c "Seanad Éireann, Volume 168: Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy". Houses of the Oireachtas. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Professor Patrick M Quinlan". University of Limerick. Retrieved 17 December 2011.