Easter Rising, Science Falling

John Tyndall of Leighlinbridge Co Carlow, pictured here was the first to explain why the sky is blue and to discover 'greenhouse gases' in the Earth's atmosphere (Credit: Wikipedia)
John Tyndall of Leighlinbridge Co Carlow, pictured here was the first to explain why the sky is blue and to discover ‘greenhouse gases’ in the Earth’s atmosphere. He was a Protestant Unionist, hostile to Irish nationalism (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Easter Rising heralded in the modern Irish nation, but Irish science post 1916-22 went into a period of steep decline after the achievements of scientists here in the 19th century.

The reasons had to do with the educational policy of the Irish state post 1922, which put its resources into teaching Irish, and the fact that many of the pillars of Irish scientific achievement, like John Tyndall, were regarded as hostile to the nationalist cause.

To hear more come along to my talk on Easter Monday in Dublin, as part of the RTE Reflecting the Rising series of talks. Booking is required.

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