Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the Indian Origin American scientist whose work in molecular biology fetched him the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been confirmed as President elect of Britain’s prestigious Royal Society.
This post was previously held by eminent names which includes, Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford.
Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan will succeed geneticist Sir Paul Nurse, who is also a Nobel Laureate.
Venkatraman upon his selection told that he feels very touched to be selected for this prestigious position. The scientist added that he came to Britain just 16 years back, and this clearly indicates the glorious culture of Britain’s openness and tolerance.
As per Venkatraman, there are umpteen numbers of problems which Royal Society needs to address, and there is absolutely no need to look at the past except to take inspiration.
Through this selection, Ramakrishnan became the first Indian origin scientist to hold this post. The aspiring scientist was born in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and he studied Biology in the United States of America.
Venkatraman is currently working in the British Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.
Britain’s prestigious Royal Society dates back to 1660. The President of this society is a key advocate for science in the UK and the world.
Apart from Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford, several other eminent personalities like Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, Joseph Banks and Humphry Davy have also hold this position.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was conferred with Padma Vibhushan, Indian second highest civilian award on 2010, by then President Pratibha Patil.