George Francis FitzGerald (1851-1901) was a prominent 19th century Irish physicist and a Member of the RDS. He is probably best remembered, along with Hendrik Lorentz, as a proposer of the first incomplete theory of relativity, The FitzGerald-Lorentz Contraction. Containing over 2,000 items of correspondence from some of the leading scientific figures of the period, the Fitzgerald Letters are a valuable resource for the study of 19th century science.
In 2008 the RDS Committee of Science and Technology and the RDS Library & Archives collaborated on a project to digitize and catalogue the Fitzgerald Letters, which are now available here for the first time as a complete digital collection.
RDS Art Collection
The RDS Art Collection comprises paintings, sculptures, prints and other objects which reflect the interests and activities of the RDS since it was established in 1731.
Digitisation of the artworks and objects in the RDS Art Collection is an RDS initiative funded by
The Heritage Council