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John Hegarty, PhD, DSc

John Hegarty has over 40 years of experience in research, education, and university leadership in Ireland and the US.

He was President/Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 2001 to 2011 at a time of significant transformation of research and organizational structure. He was Professor of Laser Physics at Trinity from 1986. Previously, he spent 10 years in the US carrying out research in photonics in Bell Labs NJ and the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has published about 130 peer-reviewed papers in photonics, and co-founded Eblana Photonics. He served on many national advisory committees. He has a PhD in Physics from the National University of Ireland Galway, a higher doctorate(DSc) from the University of Dublin, and honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, Queens University Belfast, and University of Ulster.

More recently, he co-founded Innovation Advisory Partners advising on education, research, and innovation policy. He is Chair of the Irish Times Trust and a member of the Irish Times Board. He is also a member of the Fulbright Ireland Board, the Hugh Lane Gallery Board, and chairs the Translation Medicine Institute based in St James’s Hospital.