UK To Honour Indo-British Scientist With Knighthood


LONDON – Indo-British scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for chemistry, will be honoured with knighthood in 2012.

Venkatraman works as a biologist at the Medical Research Council’s Molecular Biology Laboratories in Cambridge, BBC reported.

Born in 1952 in Chidambaram in India’s Tamil Nadu state, Venkatraman was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009 along with two other scientists “for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”, according to the Nobel Prize website.

The ribosome – the cell’s protein factory – translates genetic code into proteins, which are the building blocks of all living organisms.

Experts said the India-born scientist’s work solved an important part of the problem posed by Francis Crick and James Watson when they discovered the now-iconic double helix DNA structure as to “how does the code become a living thing”.