PM congratulates Indian-American Ramakrishnan on Nobel honour

      The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has congratulated Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan for jointly winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the year 2009. In his congratulatory message to Dr. Ramakrishnan, Dr. Singh said his work in extending the frontiers of molecular biology would be serve as an inspiration to thousands of Indian scientists and researchers. "This high honour is just and due recognition of your exceptional scientific achievements in your chosen field of study. The work done by you and the other prize winners in furthering the scientific understanding of one of life's core processes has major applications in the field of medical science and drug development," he said. "It is a matter of great pride for India that a brilliant scientist, who has gained the highest international recognition, should have done most of his education in India. It is a tribute to the educational system in our country and the dedication of the teaching community that we are able to nurture such international excellence in the sciences," he added. He further said: "The work that you have done to extend the frontiers of Molecular Biology will be an inspiration to thousands of Indian scientists, researchers and technologists, who strive to follow in your footsteps." "I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours and hope that you will continue to make outstanding contributions to the scientific progress of humankind," the Prime Minister added. An Indian origin senior scientist at the MRC Laborartory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, Ramakrishnan, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 along with two others. The Nobel Committee announced on Wednesday that the Tamil Nadu born Ramakrishnan would share the Nobel Prize with Thomas E Steitz (US) and Ada E Yonath (Israel) for their "studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". Ramakrishnan graduated in B.Sc. in Physics from Baroda University in 1971 and did Ph.D. in Physics in 1976 from Ohio University.

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