‘Icons of Irish Science’ – Professor Nicholas Callan

Some years ago Museum Curator Niall McKeith was interviewed about Professor Nicholas Callan as part of the radio series ‘Icons of Irish Science’. The programme was originally broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 3rd September 2005.

Professor Nicholas Callan (1799-1864)
Professor Nicholas Callan (1799-1864)

Nicholas Joseph Callan was born on December 22, 1799 and entered Maynooth College in 1816. Callan’s major claim to fame is as the inventor of the induction coil.

‘Icons of Irish Science’ focused on the work of internationally recognised Irish scientists, including George Boole (1815-64), William Rowan Hamilton (1805-65) and Ernest Walton (1903-95).

The podcasts (including the Callan programme) are available here.