The Hamilton Year 2005 at DIT


Find out more about DIT's events as part of our contribution to the William Rowan Hamilton bicentennial celebrations.

Born in 1805 William Rowan Hamilton was an Irish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. Infact, he was one of the most imaginative mathematicians of the nineteenth century, and he changed the course of modern algebra with his discovery of quaternions in 1843.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of William Rowan Hamilton, the Irish Government has designated this year as "Hamilton Year 2005: Celebrating Irish Science and Technology".

The aim of the celebration is to highlight and celebrate the successes of countless Irish people in all the diverse fields of the sciences and technology, to draw attention to Ireland's proud scientific heritage and to create awareness of the exciting world-class science that is being undertaken in Ireland today.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland's academy for the sciences, humanities and social sciences, is coordinating the nation-wide celebration.

And DIT has its role to play in the celebrations. After all, the disciplines of science, engineering, and technology have been at the heart of DIT for over 120 years.

From biological scientists and chemists to physicists, mathematicians and computer technicians, DIT graduates have and continue to make significant contributions in their various disciplines both here in Ireland and across the globe.

DIT will be hosting a number of events throughout 2005. See DIT Hamilton Event Listings for further details.