Former State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy has been given the Praeses Elit award by Trinity College Law Society.
The Praeses Elit Award is given to those who have left an indelible impact in their chosen field, and who have advanced discourse and societal thought in the process.
The citation said: “Throughout her career in forensic medicine, Dr Cassidy has been a trailblazer in her field. As the first female State pathologist in Ireland, she is an inspiration in particular to the female members of our society for reaching the top of her profession."
It adds: “We greatly admire the frank and honest way in which Dr Cassidy discusses the most difficult topics of tragedy and death. Dr Cassidy speaks on such matters with an integrity and openness that must be commended.
“Her work with the UN is both inspiring and admirable. Dr Cassidy has shown great service and empathy for the victims of the horrors in Bosnia.”