John Desmond Bernal (1901 -1971)
The Bernal Project is named after John Desmond Bernal who was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1901 - one of Ireland's most influential 20th century scientists.
Professor Bernal had a reputation as a selfless supporter of and mentor to young scientists. His peers affectionately referred to him as "Sage"
Bernal Project | Investing in Excellent Infrastructure | the Analog Devices Building
The Bernal Project has sought to invest in research excellent throught the provision of state-of-the art scientific and engineering laboratory facilities. This construction phase of the project commenced in the summer of 2013 to develop a 7,500m2 facility that will house fully-equipped scientific and engineering laboratories to enable teaching and research by the Bernal Professor and their research teams. In addition to significant laboratory space the building will also provide offices and teaching facilities, including seminar rooms and a 200-seater lecture hall.
The building project was successfully completed in June 2015.
It was named the Analog Devices building in honour of US-headquartered semiconductor company, Analog Devices (ADI), following a major gift of €2million by the company to the UL Foundation. Referring to support of the new building, Vince Roche, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADI said: “Analog Devices and the University of Limerick have maintained a strong partnership for decades. This building is a beacon that will shine for many years to come, representing our shared enthusiasm for STEM and commitment to educating future generations”.
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