Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

Nobel Prize winner and current President of the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, gave the Key Note Opening Address at the 61st LIYSF 2019. He is also group leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan was born in India and obtained his Bachelors degree in Science at the Maharaja Savajirao University of Baroda, India. He obtained his PhD at Ohio University in the United States. He continued his research into ribisomes at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Utah, before moving to the UK.

In 2009, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and also received India’s second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan in 2010. He shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath for “studies of the structure and function of the ribisome”. He was knighted in the 2012 New Years Honours for services to Molecular Biology.  He has also been awarded the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicing, the Datta Lectureship and Medal of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, the Heatley Medal of the British Biochemical Society and the Jimenez-Diaz Prize by the Fundación Conchita Rábago (Spain).  He was named as one of 25 Greatest Global Living Indians by NDTV Channel, India in 2013.

He was elected President of the Royal Society in November 2015 for a five year term. He is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society. He is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and foreign fellow fo the Indian National Science Academy.


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