Great Scientists of Co Waterford

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Co Waterford in Ireland’s ‘sunny southeast’ has produced some of its greatest ever scientists.

Robert Boyle, born in Lismore, is considered one of the founding fathers of modern chemistry, and is famously remembered for Boyle’s Law, which says that pressure and volume, in a gas, are inversely proportional.

Ireland’s only ever Nobel Laureate in science, Ernest Walton, was born in Dungarvan, and famously was part of a team in the Cavendish Laboratory, at Cambridge, UK, that split the atom in 1932, and heralded in the atomic age.

Then there was Thomas Grubb, perhaps the most famous telescope maker of the Victorian era, who was involved with making the famous Birr Castle leviathan telescope that was the world’s largest for more than 70 years.

Listen: Interviews with Donald Brady and Eric Finch on the lives of Boyle, Walton and Grubb

Interviews originally broadcast on Science Spinning, on 103.2 Dublin City FM