Chemistry Nobel for Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Jai Ho

Jai ho, Karuppiah.

Oh boy, our Karuppiahs a.k.a Tamils are all over the place. No kidding.

Indian-American Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on mapping the ribosomes at the atomic level.

Born in 1952 in the temple town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, India, Venkatraman got a Ph.D. in Physics in 1976 from Ohio University following a B.Sc from Baroda University in Gujarat.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
(Pix: Nobel Foundation)

Venkatraman, who is currently working as Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, shares the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz of Yale and Ada E. Yonath and Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Here’s what Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had to say today upon receiving the news about the prestigious honor:

I have to say that I am deeply indebted to all of the brilliant associates, students and post docs who worked in my lab as science is a highly collaborative enterprise….The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the University of Utah supported this work and the collegiate atmosphere there made it all possible. The idea of supporting long term basic research like that at LMB does lead to breakthroughs, the ribosome is already starting to show its medical importance.

Tamil Pride
This is the third time a Tamil has won the Nobel Prize.

C.V.Raman was the first Tamil to win the Nobel (1930), becoming the first Asian and first non-White to get any Nobel Prize in the sciences (Source: Wiki).

Some five decades later, Raman’s nephew Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar won the Nobel in physics (1983).

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan’s Contact Info:

Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, CB2 0QH
United Kingdom.

Wonder, who’s next in line for the Nobel.

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran?

Watch this space.

9 Responses to "Chemistry Nobel for Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Jai Ho"

  1. boopalanj   October 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Just wonderful. Kudos to Venkataraman! Of course, Tamils are everywhere.

    “Yaadhum Oorey! Yaavarum Kelir!” [To us, all towns are same! All people are our kin!] – says PuraNaanooru.

    Btw, is it true that the above saying is written at the entrance of Nasa? Responds:

    You write: Btw, is it true that the above saying is written at the entrance of Nasa?

    No, but at Ellis Island and on the crown of Statue of Liberty.

    Enjoy – Yadhoom Oorey.

  2. nksrinivasan   October 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats to DR Venkatraman Ramachandran…Another Ramachandran, Prof G N Ramachandran did excellent work on collagen and molecular biophysics at Univ of Madras[Chennai](physics dept) and later at IISc Bangalore.

    In fact this Venktaraman gave GNR endowment lecture too….

    Prof G N Ramachandran was close to getting the Nobel but missed it…anyway Venkatraman Ramachandran of Cambridge univ has done us proud and has redeemed the promise of Prof GNR now.! Responds:

    1. You write above: Congrats to DR Venkatraman Ramachandran…Another Ramachandran, Prof G N Ramachandran did excellent work on collagen….anyway Venkatraman Ramachandran of …

    Moron, you are not doing excellent work here.

    The Nobel winner is Venkatraman Ramakrishnan not Ramachandran.

    2. Thanks for the introduction to Gopalasamudram Narayana Iyer Ramachandran.

  3. Vetti Jijaji   October 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    SI Writes: Moron, you are not doing excellent work here

    Ouch, not nice.. Responds:


  4. Aapu2confusedesi   October 8, 2009 at 5:42 am

    SI team-close your mouth…its full of ugly teeth and saliva! You want to appreciate INDIAN now…what made your proud to be Desi suddenly….NOBLE??!!!

    Are you still an slave to the whites? Responds:

    1. We’ve always been proud of our desis, warts and all.

    2. You write: Are you still an (sic) slave to the whites?

    We’ll respond to this when you learn to construct a proper sentence.

    Scoot, now.

  5. Vetti Jijaji   October 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    while Tamils are winning Nobel prizes, Gujjus are running motels/gas stations and Gultis(Cygate/Sterling is apparently a gujju company .. hence more devious 😉 are running illegal sweatshops 😉 just kidding.

    I think I need to change my nick (much like Cygate – Sterling) now to avoid being profiled as a tamilist. Responds:

    We think all those SAP shops run by Telugus are mere fronts for shady operations.

    Out of sheer boredom, we called one of those SAP shops a few years back and the Telugu fella’s first question was our Visa status. He lost interest in us the moment we told him we were citizens. Go figure.

    We don’t know about your part of the U.S. But here in the North-east, the Telugus have a pretty big arsenal of tricks.

  6. swagat   October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Who do you think you are helen of troy

    Sori naye appreciate from ur heart why Bloody Karuppaih then U must be referring to the [trash talk] like Boopalan Strynglad, Gora who feast on the bones thropwn by you Responds:

    Have you tried shock treatment?

    Although its use has been stopped in treating mental illness, it might help in your case.

  7. boopalanj   October 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm


    What is so harm in getting called as “Karuppiah”. Yes, I am a Karuppiah. Over 70 percent of tamils are Karuppiahs, by color, with a dark complexion. Brown is the original color of tamils.

    I like black. You think, calling a person “Karuppiah” is a shame? That shows, how biased you are, towards colors. You think, being white is a great thing. You’ll proudly accept calling you “sevappaiya”? Then I think a nerve connection [we think many] in your brain is missing.

    Man, the color of universe is dark (black). If you ever understand Universe is God, then Black is a godly color.

  8. boopalanj   October 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Btw, It is greatly surprising that you talk about Helen of Troy. Did you overhear someone crossing you speaking those words? 😉

    Chill out..!

  9. Kingswagat   October 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Helo Mr.Einstein a.k.a Boopalan isnt Helen ur wife or sister so that no body should be talkin abt her Responds:

    Focus on the subject of the post.

    Stop this silly fighting. Grates on everyone’s nerves.

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