Monday, April 12, 2010

From Chidambaram to Cambridge: A life in science

I enjoyed the reading of autobiography of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. You may well recall him if I say the 2009 Chemistry Laureate. The Hindu has published the excerpts from the lengthy biography which I read.

This is the intro given by The Hindu.
In this charmingly narrated autobiographical essay written for the Nobel Foundation, 2009 Chemistry Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan recalls his Indian roots, the shaping role of his exceptional parents and teachers, the twists and turns of his scientific career, how he staked all on "one risky project" when, in 1999, he took a hefty salary cut and moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K. Reasoning that "the structure of the ribosome was the most important goal in my field," he decided to focus entirely on the 30S subunit. The rest, including the Nobel and the Padma Vibhushan, is history.

The full text is here.

From Chidambaram to Cambridge: A life in science

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