Yesterday, DCU renamed six of its buildings, with three of them being named after influential female scientists, in the fields of computing, crystallography and astronomy.
The reason for the renaming was part of the DCU Women in Leadership initiative, which made the commitment to rename half of its buildings after female trailblazers in STEM subjects.
The three women scientists were Kathleen (Kay) McNulty, Mary Brück and Dame Kathleen Lonsdale. The computing building was renamed after McNulty, who was one of the six original programmers for the "first general-purpose, electronic, digital computer developed in the US in 1946".
The Postgraduate student block was named after Mary Brück, who was a famous astronomer and astrophysicist. Her research on stars, the interstellar medium and the Magellanic clouds are widely published all over the world.
Finally, the Schools of Chemical Sciences and Biotechnology have been named after Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, who at the inception of discovering crystallography science. She is known for discovering the benzene ring by X-ray diffraction methods.
Talking at the unveiling of the new buildings, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said,
“I salute DCU for this initiative and fully endorse it. It is important that our higher education sector represents the diversity and innovation that are at the heart of Irish society. The strongest talent pipeline to meet the future needs of our economy is one which is fully representative of both women and men".
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