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The Hamilton Scholars

The Hamilton Scholars

The Hamilton Scholars aims to produce a cohort of exceptional PhD students whose work is expected to have a significant international impact in their chosen area of specialisation.

With the School's international perspective, the programme is uniquely placed to address the national and global demand for the next generation of technically-trained researchers, academics and educators.

The Hamilton Scholars focuses on fields where Trinity plays a leading role internationally such as Algebra and Number Theory, Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Quantum Field Theory, Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics and String Theory.

The Hamilton Scholars programme, which honours the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, a celebrated graduate of Trinity College, has been established with the generous support of Trinity's alumni and friends.

Honouring William Rowan Hamilton

William Rowan Hamilton

The School of Mathematics has been home to some of Ireland's finest mathematical minds, foremost among them William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865). Hamilton demonstrated his exceptional abilities as a student at Trinity, and was appointed Professor of Astronomy and Astronomer Royal in 1827 while still an undergraduate of the College.

Hamilton made seminal contributions to the mathematical foundations of dynamics and his Hamiltonian mechanics laid the groundwork for the formulation of quantum mechanics. Hamilton is also know for his discovery of quaternions, a number system that extends complex numbers and is applied to mechanics in three-dimensional space. Today, quaternions are used in computer game animation and to guide spacecraft. Hamiltons discoveries are enduring, as they continue to have relevance to the world today and to inspire those interested in mathematics.