Ever wondered what became of all those bright young minds who collected the Young Scientist title over the years? Well wonder no more.
1965: John Monahan (Newbridge College, Co Kildare)
- Project: ‘Demonstrating chemical reactions during digestion’
- Education: Biochemistry at UCD. PhD in biochemistry from McMaster University, Ontario.
- Where is he now? Vice-president, research and development at the cutting edge Synthetic Biologics, California.
1966: Mary Finn (Ursuline Convent, Co Sligo)
- Project: ‘Proof of the four-colour problem in topology’
- Education: BSc in physics and mathematics at UCC.
- Where is she now? Science teacher at Dublin school.
1967: Walter Hayes (St Vincent’s CBS, Glasnevin, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Salmonellis in Mice: A study of etiology, cause and effect of the disease on the host’
- Education: Languages at TCD.
- Where is he now? Teaching English in Africa.
1968: George Reynolds (St James CBS, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Geophysical study of an iron mine’
- Education: Earth sciences at TCD; Masters in geophysics Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies; earth sciences degree in Spain; MBA degree.
- Where is he now? Management consulting in Ireland.
1969: Luke Drury (Wesley College, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Construction and use of a spectro-photometer to investigate complex ion formation in a transitional metal’
- Education: BSc in physics at TCD; PhD in astrophysics from Cambridge.
- Where is he now? Astrophysicist at Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Germany.
1970: Maria Edgeworth (Convent of Mercy, Co Longford)
- Project: ‘Extract and investigate pigments from flowers’
- Education: BSc in physics from TCD; diploma in international studies from Nice.
- Where is she now? Set up Government Equine Diagnostic Laboratory at Coolmore Stud, Co Tipperary; working as a biochemist.
1971: Peter Short (Presentation Convent, Clane, Co Kildare)
- Project: ‘A survey of Lough Bollard’
- Where is he now? Set up his own company, Pharma Buy.
1972: John Birmingham (Colaiste Mhuire, Co Dublin)
- Education: BSc in biochemistry from Dundee University.
- Where is he now? Unilever Laboratories in Cheshire, England.
1973: Tadhg Begley (North Monastery CBS, Cork)
- Project: ‘Minerals and pollutants in seawater’
- Education: BSc in chemistry from UCC; PhD in organic chemistry from California Institute of Technology; University of Geneva; and MIT.
- Where is he now? Associate professor of chemistry at Cornell University.
1974: Richard Elliott (Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh)
- Project: ‘Use of computer techniques to provide mathematical models of biological situations’
- Education: Trained as a surgeon in Edinburgh; cardiothoracic surgery; occupational toxicology.
- Where is he now? Epidemiologist at HSE medical sciences unit in Liverpool.
1975: Noel Boyle (Westmeath)
- Project: ‘Construction of a spectrophotometer’
- Education: BA and MB from Trinity College Dublin; research at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
- Where is he now? Professor of medicine at UCLA in California.
1976: Mary Kelly-Quinn (Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan)
- Project: ‘The existence of minerals by means of analysing rock slides; to carry out a geophysical survey aimed at verifying direction and depth of veins and mineral outcrops’
- Education: Degree, PhD and post-doctoral research in zoology at UCD and TCD.
- Where is she now? UCD lecturer in Department of Zoology.
1977: Micheál Óg Ó Briain (Colaiste Mhuire, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘An integrated study of the scientific conservation of Rogerstown Estuary, Co Dublin’
- Education: BSc in zoology from UCD; co-organised and took part in three Irish Brent Goose Expeditions to Arctic.
- Where is he now? Appointed to Environmental Directorate of the European Community.
1978: Donald McDonnell (Crescent College, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick)
- Project: ‘A study of effect of proven pollution on ecological balance in the Shannon at Limerick’
- Education: BSc in biochemistry from NUIG (now UCG); PhD in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas; Glaxo-Wellcome professor of molecular cancer biology at Duke University in North Carolina since 1994.
- Where is he now? Head of molecular biology at Ligand Pharmaceuticals, California.
1979: Jervis Good (Midleton College, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘The concept of ecopolemiology as illustrated by a preliminary study of the bionomics of the earwig’
- Education: Won the YS after dropping out of school with Leaving Cert; graduated from Trinity with BSc and then PhD from UCC in zoology.
- Where is he now? Freelance environmental consultant.
1980: Karen Ruddock (Alexandra College, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Lichens in relation to their environment’
- Education: BSc in natural sciences from Trinity; HDip in education; Masters in applied linguistics.
- Where is she now? Japanese language and culture lecturer at Trinity.
1981: Catherine Conlon (Muckross Park, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Physical, biochemical and anatomical aspects of the spider and its web’
- Education: Degree in medicine from UCD; Masters in public health from UCD.
- Where is she now? Public health lecturer.
1982: Martynn Sheehan (Convent of Mercy, Moate, Co Westmeath)
- Project: ‘Lichens may be used for medicine’
- Education: BSc from UCG.
- Where is she now? Validation manager with Elan Corporation, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
1983: William Murphy, Gareth Clarke & Turan Mirza (Carrickfergus Grammar School, Co Antrim)
- Project: ‘Microcomputer based robotics’
- Education: William studied computer science at University of Ulster. Gareth completed education in technology degree from Queen’s University, Belfast.
- Where are they now? William is an IT consultant. Gareth teaches computers and technology in Canada.
1984: Eoin Walsh (Colaiste Choilm CBS, Swords, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Simulation of Drude electron theory and kinetic theory of gases’
- Education: Experimental physics from Trinity; post-graduate research at TCD.
- Where is he now? Vice president of Morgan Stanley bank.
1985: Ronan McNulty (St Mary’s College, Rathmines, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘The musical typewriter — A system which prints music as you play’
- Education: Mathematical and experimental physics at UCD; PhD in particle physics at University of Liverpool.
- Where is he now? Physics lecturer at UCD. (See page 15)
1986: Breda Maguire & Niamh Mulvany (Rosary College, Raheny, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Focus on the viola tricolour — An indepth study on Bull Island’
- Education: Breda studied natural sciences at Trinity; post-grad in business studies at UCD. Niamh graduated with degree in botany from Trinity; qualified as reiki master.
- Where are they now? Breda is business manager with Smiths Medical, Co Dublin. Niamh is working to complete homeopathy qualification.
1987: Henry Byrne & Emma Donnellan (FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody, Co Wexford)
- Project: ‘Fibre optic liquid analyser’
- Education: Henry studied mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Trinity. Emma attained a masters degree in marketing.
- Where are they now? Henry is development manager for Roadstone Provinces. Emma is global consumer planner with Diageo.
1988: Siobhan Lanigan O’Keeffe (Navan Community College, Co Meath)
- Project: ‘Geothermal study of the River Skane’
- Where is she now? Working with Ulster Wildlife.
1989: Grace O’Connor & Sinead Finn (Ursuline Convent Thurles, Co Tipperary)
-Project: ‘A study on a crop fractation industry’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Grace did a masters in medical oncology at University of Manchester; pharmacy degree in Sunderland. Sinead studied Italian and history at UCD.
- Where are they now? Grace is a pharmacist in Dublin.
1990: Annagh Minchin-Dalton (Alexandra College, Miltown, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Studies of the oyster thief’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: BSc in rural resource development from Anglia Polytechnic University; masters from University of Reading.
- Where is she now? Working as a marine biologist.
1991: Barry O’Doherty & Daniel Dundas (St Patrick’s College, Maghera, Co Derry)
- Project: ‘Dynamics of a two-well potential oscillator’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: BSc in physics with astrophysics from Queen’s University Belfast; MSc in opto-electronics and optical information processing; PGCE in physics with science. Daniel received a PhD in theoretical physics from Queen’s University Belfast.
- Where are they now? Barry is teaching in Belfast.
1992: Elizabeth Dowling & Jean Byrne (St Paul’s Secondary School, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘A picture winged insect population dynamics of a thistle predator Terellia serratulae’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Elizabeth studied science at Tallaght RTC. Jean studied science at Trinity; masters in environmental resource management at UCD.
- Where are they now? Elizabeth works for FBD Insurance. Jean works as a remote sensing specialist at Era Maptec in Dublin.
1993: Donal Keane & Rodger Toner (Abbey Grammar School, Newry, Co Down)
- Project: ‘Assessment of female quality by male gammarus’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Donal studied aeronautics at Imperial College, London; finance at Queen’s University Belfast. Rodger studied medicine in London.
- Where are they now? Donal works for financial software consultancy firm First Derivatives. Rodger is a doctor in London.
1994: Jane Feehan (St Brendan’s Community School, Birr, Co Offaly)
- Project: ‘The secret life of the calluna case-carrier’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Biological sciences at Oxford; attained PhD from TCD.
- Where is she now? Working with Irish Environmental Protection Agency and European Environment Agency, Denmark.
1995: Brian Fitzpatrick & Shane Markey (Abbey Grammar School, Newry, Co Down)
- Project: ‘Factors affecting cavitation in whole plants, leaves and vascular bundles using acoustic detection’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Brian studied medicine at TCD. Shane studied dentistry.
- Where are they now? Brian works at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry. Shane is a dentist in New York.
1996: Elsie O’Sullivan, Rowena Mooney & Patricia Lyle (Scoil Mhuire Portalington, Co Laois)
- Project: ‘The perfect queen bee’ EUCYS THIRD PRIZE.
- Education: Elsie qualified as a vet from UCD. Rowena studied business managment at DIT. Patricia received a commerce degree and masters in accountancy from UCD.
- Where are they now? Elsie is a vet. Rowena works for Ryanair. Patricia is works for KPMG.
1997: Ciara McGoldrick, Emma McQuillan & Fiona Fraser (Dominican College, Belfast, Co Antrim)
- Project: ‘Unravelling the secrets of the preservation of Europe’s bog bodies’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Ciara attained degrees in pathology and medicine at Queen’s University Belfast. Emma completed degrees in forensic medicine and medicine from Dundee University. Fiona studied midwifery at University of Melbourne.
- Where are they now? Ciara is a registrar in plastic surgery in Ulster Hospital Belfast. Fiona works in biomedical engineering.
1998: Raphael Hurley (Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork)
- Project: ‘The mathematics of Monopoly’ EUCYS THIRD PRIZE.
- Education: Maths at UCC.
- Where is he now? Global director of health financing, at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Ethiopia.
1999: Sarah Flannery (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘Cryptography — A new algorithm versus the RSA’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Education: Computer science at Cambridge.
- Where is she now? Data analyst at RockYou, California.
2000: Thomas Gernon (Colaiste Ris, Dundalk, Co Louth)
- Project: ‘The geography and mathematics of the Earth’s urban centres’ EUCYS ALUMNI PRIZE.
- Education: Geology at UCD; PhD in vulcanology at Bristol.
- Where is he now? Geology lecturer at University of Southampton.
2001: Shane Browne, Peter Taylor & Michael O’Toole (St Killan’s Community School, Co Wicklow)
- Project: ‘Investigating symmetrical shapes formed by polygons’ EUCYS THIRD PRIZE.
- Education: Shane studied sciences at UCD. Peter studied maths and science at UCD. Michael studied engineering at DCU.
- Where are they now? Peter is completing a PhD in astrophysics. Shane manages the science division of an executive search firm called HRM in Dublin. Michael is studying engineering at DCU.
2002: David Michael O’Doherty (Gonzaga College, Dublin, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘The distribution of the primes and the underlying order of chaos’ EUCYS SPECIAL PRIZE.
- Education: Studied mathematics with physics at Cambridge.
2003: Adnan Osmani (St Finian’s College, Co Westmeath)
- Project: ‘The graphical technological’
- Education: BSc in applied computer engineering; MSc in computer science from Sheffield University.
2004: Ronan Larkin (Synge Street CBS, Dublin)
- Project: ‘Generalised continued fractions’
- Education: Mechanical engineering at UCD;
- Where is he now? Management scientist at Aer Lingus.
2005: Patrick Collison (Castletroy College, Limerick)
- Project: ‘Croma: A new dialect of Lisp’ EUCYS SECOND PRIZE.
- Education: Attended MIT but dropped out.
- Where is he now? Co-founded Stripe in 2010. Lives in California.
2006: Aisling Judge (Kinsale Community School, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘The development and evaluation of a biological food spoilage indicator’ EUCYS THIRD PRIZE.
- Where is she now? Studying pharmaceuticals at UCD.
2007: Abdusalam Abubakar (Synge Street CBS, Dublin)
- Project: ‘An extension of Wiener's attack on RSA’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE AND HONORARY AWARD.
- Where is he now? Studying financial mathematics at DCU.
2008: Emer Jones (Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Co Kerry)
- Project: ‘Research and development of emergency sandbag shelters’ EUCYS SECOND PRIZE.
- Where is she now? Studying natural sciences at Cambridge.
2009: Liam McCarthy & John O’Callaghan (Kinsale Community School, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘The development of a convenient test method for somatic cell count and its importance in milk production’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE.
- Where are they now? John is studying bio science at CIT. Liam is studying biotechnology at DCU.
2010: Richard O’Shea (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries’ EUCYS SPECIAL PRIZE.
- Where is he now? Studying energy engineering at UCC.
2011: Alexander Amini (Castleknock College, Co Dublin)
- Project: ‘Tennis sensor data analysis’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE AND HONORARY AWARD.
- Where is he now? Studying computer science and electrical engineering at MIT.
2012: Mark Kelly & Eric Doyle (Synge Street CBS, Dublin)
- Project: ‘Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE AND HONORARY AWARD.
- Where are they now? Mark is studying physical and math sciences at UCD. Eric is studying theoretical physics at Trinity.
2013: Émer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow & Ciara Judge (Kinsale Community School, Co Cork)
- Project: ‘A statistical investigation of the effects of Diazotroph bacteria on plant germination’ EUCYS FIRST PRIZE AND HONORARY AWARD.
- Where are they now? Studying for their Leaving Cert.
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