The seventh day of October 2009 was indeed a great day of pride for every Indian, when the names of prestigious Nobel Prize winners in the field of Chemistry were announced. After a long gap of eight years a scientist of Indian origin was selected with two other scientists for the highest award. Dr. Venkatraman Radhakrishanan, a Tamilnadu born gem of India, a senior scientist at the MRC Laboratory at Cambridge has been awarded the Nobel Prize along with two other scientists, Thomas E Steitz from USA and Ada E Yonath of Israel for their studies on structure and function of the Ribosome. It will help to prepare more reliable antibiotic drugs for the cure/prevention of several chronic diseases. It is surprising that a man who completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics, switched over to study of Biology and Chemistry and finally achieved the goal successfully. He has proved that knowledge and research know, no barriers and nothing is impossible.
Congratulations Mr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan! We are proud of you.