Robert Mallet (1810-1881) is one of Ireland's unsung scientific heroes. The engineer and scientist is regarded as the founder of seismology- the study of earthquakes. An exhibition highlighting Mallet's globally significant contributions to the fields of engineering seismology and volcanology will visit Lismore Heritage Centre this Easter weekend.
The exhibition pays particular attention to how Mallet carried out pioneering experiments on Killiney beach during the 1840s showing for the first time how sound waves can shake the ground and cause catastrophic earthquakes.
The exhibition also illustrates the indelible legacy of the Mallet family; their iron foundry business supplied ironwork for the railways and for Irish landmarks such as the swing bridge over the River Shannon and the iron railings around Trinity College.
The exhibition will be open to the public 10.00am-5.00pm Saturday, 12.00-5.00pm Sunday and 11.00am-5.00pm Easter Monday. Admission is free.
This commemorative exhibition is curated by the RDS nad is supported by the Heritage Council, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and The Irish Times.
For further information on the exhibition's time in Lismore please call 058-54975.