Biodiversity and John Tyndall – Learnings for Today’s World

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29th July 2023, 2:00 pm

Biodiversity and John Tyndall – Learnings for Today’s World

Carlow Garden Festival's Biodiversity & John Tyndal "learning for todays world" with Dr Norman McMillan

John Tyndall

John Tyndall was one of the greatest scientists of the Victorian era. From his birthplace in the garden village of Leighlinbridge, Dr. Norman McMillan, a noted Tyndall expert, explains his worldwide contribution to biodiversity, science and mountaineering. Taking place in the Garden of Remembrance, one of four gardens designed by the local community, this talk touches on the relevance of Tyndall’s teachings to today’s world. The pressing issues of climate change and biodiversity will be discussed and helpful hints for gardening with biodiversity in mind will be provided.

Venue:  The Garden of Remembrance, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

Time: 2 p.m.

Admission: Free Event


Norman McMillan is a Canadian who has worked in Ireland since 1979. His family the McMillan-Thomson are from Owen Sound and his father “Earnest John” was a Dieppe veteran (first man of 5,500 Canadians perhaps to stand on Red Beach and not be wounded and killed) and who subsequently worked in the London Embassy.

McMillan is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both Engineers Ireland (via accreditation to The Institute of Electrical Engineers) and Chartered Physicist via the Institute of Physics. He is a Fellow of the  Royal Society of Arts and Chartered Engineer via FEANI European Engineering Society.

He was the Director of the Tyndall Centenary in 1993 and founder of the “National Committee for Commemorative Plaques in Ireland for Science and Technology” (NCCPST) established in 1997 by Bord Fáilte (Fáilte Ireland), TCD and Carlow with almost 80 national plaques now erected to Irish men and women who have made an international contribution to science and technology.

Since retirement he has been Chair of the Instrumentation Group of the Smart and Green Interface Science COST EU MP1106 project. He planned and published the review paper for the action on “Smart and Green Technology”.

The Carlow Garden Festival is supported by Carlow County Council under the Festival and Events Scheme and by Fáilte Ireland

Carlow Garden Festival supported by Carlow County Council

Carlow Garden Festival supported by Fáilte Ireland
Carlow Garden Festival supported by Ireland's Ancient East


29th July 2023
2:00 pm
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Leighlinbridge The Garden Village
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