Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

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Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan (; b. 1952) is an Indian-born American structural biologist, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". He currently works at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.

Early life

Ramakrishnan was born in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, IndiaHe moved to Baroda (Vadodara) in Gujarat state at the age of three, where he had his schooling at Convent of Jesus and Mary, except for spending 1960–61 in Adelaide, Australia. Following his Pre-Science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, he did his undergraduate studies in the same university on a National Science Talent Scholarship, graduating with a B.Sc. in Physics in 1971.

In a January 2010 lecture at the Indian Institute of Science, he revealed that he failed to get admitted at any of the Indian Institutes of Technology, or Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Immediately after graduation he moved to the U.S.A.,...
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