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Dunsink Observatory joins Einstein's house and Curie's lab as European site of historical significance

The observatory is receiving the accolade in recognition of the mathematician William Rowan Hamilton.

Dunsink Observatory.
Dunsink Observatory.
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IN AN IRISH first, Dublin’s Dunsink Observatory has been designated a European site of historical significance by the European Physical Society.

The physics organisation gave the observatory the nod in recognition of the genius of William Rowan Hamilton, one of Ireland’s greatest mathematicians, who lived and worked in the observatory from 1827 until his death in 1865.

Other locations to have been awarded the honour include Einstein’s house in Bern, Switzerland, and Marie Skłodowska Curie’s laboratory in Paris.

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The President of the European Physical Society, Professor Rüdiger Voss, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, will unveil a plaque to commemorate the designation tomorrow morning.

The observatory has been part of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) since 1947.

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Like many older European observatory buildings it is now mainly used as a venue for small meetings and workshops, for public outreach and as residential accommodation.

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