The Geological Survey of Ireland is delighted to present an exhibition which celebrates the life and work of the Irish scientist Robert Mallet, the ‘father of seismology’. This commemorative exhibition is curated by the RDS and is generously supported by the Heritage Council, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) and The Irish Times.

The Irish engineer and scientist Robert Mallet (1810–1881) is one of Ireland's many unsung scientific heroes. His contributions to the fields of engineering, seismology, volcanology and ballistic ordnance were of global significance. 2010 was the bicentenary of his birth, and this exhibition highlights his leading role in solving critical scientific questions.

Mallet is regarded as the founder of seismology (the study of earthquakes) - amongst his many achievements, his pioneering experiments on Killiney beach during the 1840s showed for the first time how sound waves can shake the ground and cause catastrophic earthquakes. One of these ‘explosive’ experiments was re-enacted for a recent BBC ‘Coast’ programme under the guidance of Tom Blake from DIAS. This exhibition also illustrates the indelible legacy that the Mallet family iron foundry business left on the Irish landscape by supplying ironwork for the railways, the swing bridge over the River Shannon and even the iron railings surrounding Trinity College.

GSI now has a seismometer installed as part of the IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology ) Seismographs in Schools Program (SIS). The output from the seismometer can be also be viewed in the exhibition area. For further information about the seismometer and its output, please contact: Mary Carter, Tel: +353 (0) 1 6782802; Email:

Venue: The exhibition is on display in the GSI Customer Centre in the Beggars Bush building from Monday to Friday during the hours of 10.00am to 12.45pm; 2.00pm to 4.00pm (3.30pm on Fridays). 
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For further Customer Centre information, see or contact Les Fox at +353 (0) 1 6782818.

The exhibition will run from the 1st November, through Science Week (13th to 20th November) to the end of December 2011, or until further notice. Please note that it will be unavailable to the public on Friday 9th December.