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Trinity Monday Memorial Discourse - Professor John Gabriel Byrne2018 April 16

This year’s Trinity Monday Memorial Discourse was presented by Professor Jane Grimson, Fellow Emeritus and Pro-Chancellor, on Professor John Gabriel Byrne, founder and long-time Head of the Department of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin. 

Affectionately remembered as the ‘Father of Computing in Ireland’, Professor Grimson delivered a fascinating Discourse recounting five decades of Professor Byrne’s important and influential contributions which touched many lives.

An extract from the Provost’s address at the Scholar’s Dinner on Trinity Monday (9th April 2018) follows:

In a wonderful Discourse, Professor Jane Grimson singled out Professor Byrne’s sense of public service. I quote:

John felt strongly that universities generally, and Trinity in particular, have an obligation not just to conduct research and to teach, but also to contribute to civil society in more than the purely economic sense.”

I was lucky enough to be taught by Professor Byrne and these words resonate with me. As a pioneering genius in computing, he would have contributed so much to this particular challenge to civil society.

Let’s strive to learn from his example, remembering that one of the purposes of the Trinity Monday Discourse is to recall those who helped make the college great.


The full transcript of the 2018 Trinity Monday Memorial Discourse can be found HERE.


Posted by:  Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dubin. 

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