Esat BT Young Scientist of the Year 2004

9 Jan 2004

The Dental Health Foundation sponsors a special award each year in the 'ESAT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition'. The 2004 exhibition again attracted a wide range of entries and each student who succeeded in reaching the exhibition stage should take pride in their achievement in participating at this level within the competition.

The winners of the Dental Health Foundation Young Scientist of the Year Special Award were Gavin Lennon, John Dugdale and Michael Joyce from O'Fiaich College, Dundalk. Their project looked at 'Diet and Oral pH - Methods to Improve Oral Health'. They are pictured below being presented with their award by Michelle Sadlier, Dental Health Foundation representative.

40th Anniversary Winner is the 16th Dublin Winner of the Title

The Esat BT Young Scientist of the Year is Ronan Larkin (16) a fifth year student from Christian Brothers, Synge Street, Dublin. The winning project, entitled "Generalised Continued Fractions" was announced by Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey TD, at the Awards Ceremony held on Friday, 9th January 2004 at the RDS, Dublin.

The project impressed the judges as a superbly presented development of new techniques for solving difficult equations of mathematics. The new system provides better and better approximation to the answers which can be calculated to any desired degree of accuracy. The most familiar example from our school days is the pi is close to 22/7 and the method will give more and more accurate approximations. Ronan has found the difficult formal mathematical proofs needed to validate the theory and he presents several examples to demonstrate how well the method works in practice.

Overall Winner, Ronan Larkin (Christian Brothers, Synge Street, Dublin) being presented with his award by the Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey TD (left) and Bill Murphy, CEO, Esat BT and BT Northern Ireland.