Professor Pat Guiry, son of the late Jerome and Maureen Guiry of St. Johnstown, Fethard, was recently elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
The Academy was established in 1785 and is the most prestigious learned institution in the country. Among the membership of the Academy are many of Ireland’s leading scholars, the best known of whom include: Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate; Joe Lee, historian; Dermot Gleeson, barrister and Attorney General 1994-7; Peter Sutherland, lawyer and banker; Geraldine Kennedy, journalist; Mary Robinson, President of Ireland 1990-7; Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.
A past pupil of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard, he is Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at University College Dublin. He leads a group of researchers who develop new catalysts and synthetic methodologies to prepare biologically interesting organic compounds, particularly those with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Pat is internationally renowned for his expertise in asymmetric catalysis, stereoselective synthesis and medicinal chemistry. He has over 120 publications and book chapters to date and has supervised 32 PhD students to completion. He has delivered over 70 lectures internationally, including at Oxford, Princeton, Paris, Shanghai, Chicago, Stockholm, Rome, Toronto, and Imperial College London.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland in 2007.