Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the History of Irish Science


The History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Ireland

Date: Friday 14th March 2008

Venue: M4 Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College, Dublin

Intending delegates: If you wish to attend the meeting please notify Juliana Adelman by e-mail ([email protected]).

Registration fee: €10 (lunch and coffee provided).


9:30 Registration. Foyer, Museum Building, TCD (€10 per delegate)

10:00 Welcome: Patrick Wyse Jackson

Session 1: Lives in science and medicine Chair: Patrick Wyse Jackson


Fiona Clark (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Advancing the medical career in colonial Latin America’

Tadgh O’Sullivan (University of Liverpool): ‘The fortunes of an Irish savant: the Rev. Dr William Richardson’

Laura Kelly (National University of Ireland, Galway): ‘Irish medical students at the University of Glasgow, 1859-1900’

11:15 Coffee

Session 2: Communicating science Chair: Dáibhí ó Cróinín


Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin): ‘A Cloud of Witnesses’: scientific observation in the correspondence of James Ussher.

Miguel DeArce (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Darwin’s Irish correspondence and James Torbitt’s project to breed blight-resistant potatoes.’

Susan Schreibman (Digital Humanities Observatory): ‘Developing an integrated digital repository for the history of science, technology and medicine related materials in Ireland.’

12:45 Lunch (Lunch is provided; cost is included in registration fee)

Session 3: Science in the community Chair: Juliana Adelman


Tony Hand (Trinity College Dublin): ‘From Kilkenny to Armagh: an account of the Kilkenny Marble Works in the papers of the Physico-Historical Society’

Marie Bourke (National Gallery of Ireland): ‘How a number of Irish museums that include scientific collections have developed from the late 18th century’

Ruth Bayles (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Belfast Botanic Gardens’

3:00 Coffee

Session 4: Medical practice and disease Chair: Clive Lee


Ian Miller (University of Manchester): ‘The Irish stomach: abdominal illness in the early 19th century’

Catherine Cox (University College Dublin): ‘The medical marketplace and medical tradition: interfaces between orthodox, alternative and folk practice in 19th-century Ireland’

Ida Milne (Trinity College Dublin): ‘The 1918/1919 Spanish influenza pandemic: a ‘mystery malady’ comes to Ireland’

4:30 Summative remarks: Peter Bowler