Tony Scott honoured at People of the Year Awards
17 September 2012
Dr. Tony Scott honoured at People of the Year Awards
Tony, along with the late Rev. Dr Tom Burke, established the event in 1963, with 230 research projects exhibited.
Today, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is the longest-running event of its kind in Ireland and Europe and the second longest-running worldwide.
Every year 80 experts drawn from academia and industry volunteer their time for free to judge the entries and give feedback to the students on their research.
In January of this year, the 48th exhibition was held, in which over 1,650 projects were entered by students from all over the island of Ireland.
From these, 550 projects were selected to be exhibited in the RDS, which attracted more than 45,000 visitors.
Dr Kevin McGuigan, current chair of IOP Ireland, commented that Tony, who is a former chairperson of IOP Ireland and a former Vice-President of the IOP, “has given boundless energy and enthusiasm for physics outreach over many decades.
He has been inspirational to many in the physics community and all of us in the Institute are delighted that he has been recognized in this way.”
Over the years the competition has been instrumental in launching the careers of many of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurial and academic scientists.
BT Young Scientist winners go on to compete in the EU Science Competition, and have achieved a first place on 13 occasions out of the 23 years they have entered.
Category winners from the BT Young Scientist have also taken part in the International Science and Engineering Fair held in the United States, in which they have also recorded impressive results.
Tony Scott graduated from University College Dublin in 1961 with a first class honours BSc in experimental physics, and was awarded a postgraduate scholarship.
He went on to complete a PhD, and became a lecturer in the Physics Department in UCD, where the work of his research group led to the development of the smoke alarm.
In an early collaboration with industry, this went into commercial production, and to date over 80 million units have been sold.
Tony was Dean of the Faculty of Science in UCD and later became UCD’s first Director of Public Affairs.
He has received honorary doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland, and an honorary fellowship from the Institute of Physics in London.