Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, an Indian-born scientist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada YonathÂ , for showing the world exactly how how the ribosome, which produces protein, functions at the atomic level.
“â€˜An understanding of the ribosomeâ€™s innermost workings is important for a scientific understanding of life. As ribosomes are crucial to life, they are also a major target for new antibiotics,” the Nobel Committee for Chemistry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.
Born in Chidambaram, Tamil Ndu. In 1952, Ramakrishnan did his BSc in physics from Baroda and PhD in physics from Ohio University in 1976.