Professor Don Barry: Profile

Professor Don Barry

Professor Don Barry


President University of Limerick

Professor Don Barry was born in 1957 in Mallow, Co Cork. He obtained the degrees of BSc and MSc in Mathematical Science from UCC before moving to the US where, in 1983, he graduated from Yale University with a PhD degree in Statistics.

Professor Barry returned to Ireland in 1983 and lectured in Statistics at UCC where he was Lecturer, Statutory Lecturer and Head of the Department of Statistics. He became the first holder of the Chair in Statistics at the University of Limerick in January 1997. In addition Professor Barry has spent a number of semesters as a Visiting Professor at Yale University and is the Director of the Statistical Consulting Unit at the University of Limerick. 

Professor Barry has published widely in the Statistics literature and in collaboration with researchers in other disciplines including medicine, epidemiology, biology, and social science. His main research interests are Bayesian smoothing methods, image analysis, epidemiology, survival analysis and biostatistics.  He has graduated eight PhD students and has over fifty research publications.

Professor Barry is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Irish Statistics Association and the Irish Mathematical Society. He was Associate Editor of Biometrics from 1998 to 2004.

After taking up the post of Vice President Academic and Registrar at the University of Limerick in May 2004, Professor Barry was appointed President of the University of Limerick by the Governing Authority in May 2007.