IAA Presidents

 

This history covers two distinct periods  of the IAA's development. In 1946 it was formed as the Belfast Centre of the Irish Astronomical Society. Apart from Dublin there were other centres in Armagh, Cork, Derry, Galway, Clonmel and Dundalk though some of these didn't last long. The IAS was formed in October 1937 in Dublin, but established the regional centres in the years afterwards. For the first five years the senior officeholder was designated "President". This changed to "Chairman" in 1951.

 
In 1974 the only two remaining regional centres, Dublin and Belfast, went their separate ways with Dublin keeping the Irish Astronomical Society name and Belfast becoming the Irish Astronomical Association. The senior officeholder designation returned to "President" at this time.
 
The Magnificent Seven
 
Pictured above:- Philip Baxter (2009-2012), Terry Moseley, BEM (1980-1983, 1994-1997, 2000-2003 and 2014- 2015), Paul Evans (2012-2014, 2015 - present), Dr Andy McCrea, MBE (1997-2000, 2003-2006), Tony Drennan (1977-1978), Brian Beesley (1978-1980), Pat O'Neill (2006-2009). Photo: Danny Collins 19th Feb 2014
 
 
The Roll of Presidents and Chairmen to date is as follows:-
 



AGM No. (IAS No.) Year President

Inaugural

1946

Sir David Lindsay Keir

1st

1947

Sir David Lindsay Keir

2nd

1948

Sir David Lindsay Keir

3rd

1949

Sir David Lindsay Keir

4th 1950 Vacant
    Chairman
5th 1951 A P Fitzgerald
6th 1952 A P Fitzgerald
     
7th 1953 Brig. Papworth
8th 1954 Brig. Papworth
     
9th 1955 A S Merrick
10th 1956 A S Merrick
     
11th 1957 R Hayward
     
12th 1958 C McMahon
     
13th 1959 A Scott
14th 1960 A Scott
15th 1961 A Scott
     
16th 1962 W G McCusker
17th 1963 W G McCusker
     
18th 1964 I Grainger
19th 1965 I Grainger
20th 1966 I Grainger
     
21st 1967 Andrew Trimble
22nd 1968 Andrew Trimble
23rd 1969 Andrew Trimble
     
24th 1970 Ronnie Ormonde
25th 1971 Ronnie Ormonde
26th 1972 Ronnie Ormonde
     
27th 1973 David E Beesley
28th 1974 David E Beesley

 

The Belfast centre reconstituted on 17th May 1974 as the Irish Astronomical Association

    President
    Ronnie Ormonde
I (29th 1975 Ronnie Ormonde
II (30th) 1976 Ronnie Ormonde
     
III (31st) 1977 Tony Drennan
     
IV (32nd) 1978 Brian J Beesley
V (33rd) 1979 Brian J Beesley
     
VI (34th) 1980 Terry Moseley
VII (35th) 1981 Terry Moseley
8th 1982 Terry Moseley
     
9th 1983 Dr H R Ormonde
10th 1984 Dr H R Ormonde
11th 1985 Dr H R Ormonde
     
12th 1986 J Flynn
13th 1987 J Flynn
14th 1988 J Flynn
     
15th 1989 David E Beesley
16th 1990 David E Beesley
     
17th 1991 Bruce Hardie
18th 1992 Bruce Hardie
19th 1993 Bruce Hardie
     
20th 1994 Terry Moseley
21st 1995 Terry Moseley
22nd 1996 Terry Moseley
     
23rd 1997 Dr Andy McCrea
24th 1998 Dr Andy McCrea
25th 1999 Dr Andy McCrea
     
26th 2000 Terry Moseley
27th 2001 Terry Moseley
28th 2002 Terry Moseley
     
29th 2003 Dr Andy McCrea
30th 2004 Dr Andy McCrea
31st 2005 Dr Andy McCrea
     
32nd 2006 Pat O'Neill
33rd 2007 Pat O'Neill
34th 2008 Pat O'Neill
     
35th 2009 Philip Baxter
36th 2010 Philip Baxter
37th 2011 Philip Baxter
     
38th 2012 Paul Evans
39th 2013 Paul Evans
     
40th 2014 Terry Moseley
     
41st 2015 Paul Evans
42nd 2016 Paul Evans
43rd 2017 Paul Evans