Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, an Indian-born scientist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada Yonath , for showing the world exactly how how the ribosome, which produces protein, functions at the atomic level.


“‘An understanding of the ribosome’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.

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