Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Biography

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British-American structural biologist of Indian origin. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Born: 1952

Nationality: American, British, Indian

Famous: Biologists American Men

Age: 68 Years, 68 Year Old Males

Also Known As: Venkatraman Venki Ramakrishnan

Born Country: India

Born in: Chidambaram,Tamilnadu India

Famous as: Structural biologist

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Spouse/Ex-: Vera Rosenberry (m. 1975)

father: C. V. Ramakrishnan

mother: Rajalakshmi Ramakrishnan

siblings: Lalita Ramakrishnan (younger sister)

Notable Alumni: University Of California, Davis (UC Davis)

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education: Convent of Jesus and Mary, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Ohio University, University of California, San Diego

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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British-American structural biologist of Indian origin. He is currently serving as the President of the Royal Society. He is also serving as a team leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), UK, where he holds the position of the Deputy Director as well. Known for his study and research on ribosomes, Ramakrishnan has received several awards and honors till date. In 2009 he was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize’ in Chemistry along with Ada Yonath and Thomas A. Steitz. He has also received the ‘Padma Vibhushan’—India's second highest civilian honor. Besides these, the structural biologist has been awarded with the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine as well as Medal of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). Ramakrishnan was also honored with the Heatley Medal of the British Biochemical Society. Well, his achievements don’t end here! The British-American biologist is an elected member of European Molecular Biology Organization, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) as well as U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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Personal Life
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was born in 1952, in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. Both of his parents, C. V. Ramakrishnan and Rajalakshmi Ramakrishnan, were scientists. He has a younger sister, Lalita, who is a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Cambridge as well as a member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Ramakrishnan did his schooling at Vadodara’s Convent of Jesus and Mary. Then after his pre-science education at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, he completed his undergraduate studies in the same university, later on obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1971. Following graduation, Ramakrishnan moved to the USA, where he attended the Ohio University, obtaining his PhD degree in Physics in 1976. He then studied biology at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Coming to his love life, the structural biologist married author Vera Rosenberry in 1975. Currently, Ramakrishnan’s son Raman is a New York-based cellist and his stepdaughter Tanya is a doctor in Oregon.

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