Top award for Adam but don't mention Big Bang
BRAINS are in plentiful supply when it comes to the Dempsey family from Carrig Haven in Wexford, but don't mention the Big Bang.
Adam Dempsey, a past student of St Peter's College, has been awarded the prestigious Earnshaw Medal by the Institute of Physics Ireland, an award presented to the student who had the best final year physics project in Ireland.
He was formally presented with the award at the RDS last week, His research was also recognised at his graduation in DCU where he was also presented with the Fryar Medal. Adam's project was entitled 'tip-surface interactions in atomic force microscopy'.
Adam, who is studying for his PHD, is the son of Sharon and John Dempsey.
Sharon works as a senior administrator for BNY Mellon, while his dad John is an engineering manager for Boston Scientific. Adam went to Rockwell College up to and including 3rd year and until the family returned to Wexford where he studied for 5th and 6th year.
Upon registering at college Adam received an academic award from DCU for academic excellence in the Leaving Cert awarded to those who achieved over 550 points.
He is currently undertaking phd research at DCU in association with the national centre for plasma science and technology. His sister Emily is studying applied biology in Wit.
Sharon said that with a nuclear physicist, a biologist and an engineer in the family it makes for some humorous discussions about what real science is. Although if the Big Bang theory is mentioned it isn't appreciated. Adam is also a keen juggler, a slack line walker and loves kayaking, especially when rivers are flooded. He teaches himself computer languages in his spare time. As a recipient of the Fryar award he was asked to nominate the teacher who inspired him the most. He nominated Jim Doyle, his physics teacher from St Peters, who was invited to the DCU presentation and who was also presented with a gift in recognition of his work.