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Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

(1952-), Senior Scientist and Group Leader, Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

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British-American scientist born in India to scientist parents, both of whom completed their PhD's in the United States, Ramakrishnan found science both interesting and exciting from an early age. He graduated from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda with a Physics degree in 1971, later pursuing a PhD in Physics from Ohio University. Between 2000 and 2002, he was able to work out the exact structure of a key part of the ribosome - the tiny molecular machine found in the cells of our body - that turns the genetic code of living beings into the proteins from which they are made. In 2009 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath, for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.

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Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, by Anne-Katrin Purkiss - NPG x199262

Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

by Anne-Katrin Purkiss
bromide print, 31 March 2015
NPG x199262

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