Our hearts swell with pride whenever someone associated with our country gets global recognition.
With the recent announcement of Nobel Prize winners, we have been experiencing a similar feeling. An achievement of this repute is not celebrated only by the winners and their loved ones. It brings pride to the entire nation, and thus every citizen joins the celebration. Today, let’s celebrate some genius minds by knowing more about Indian-origin Nobel Prize winners. They may be overseas citizens of India, but they have a strong desi connection!
Har Gobind Khorana was a biochemist who was born in the Punjab province of British India. He won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with two other biochemists in 1968. They were awarded for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis. Khorana made important contributions to his field by building different RNA chains with the help of enzymes.
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in Physics along with William Alfred Fowler in 1983. Born in Punjab, he was an astrophysicist who spent his professional life in the US. He was recognised for his studies on the physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars. Not many people know that Indian physicist and Nobel laureate C. V. Raman was his paternal uncle.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is an Indian-born structural biologist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 along with two others. Born in Tamil Nadu, Ramakrishnan comes from a family of intellectuals – both his parents were scientists. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.
Abhijit Banerjee is an economist who is making headlines for his remarkable work in the field of development economics. Banerjee has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with his wife Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer. They have been recognised for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.