Physics & Astronomy News

OU Physics Alumnus wins 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

There is exciting news today in that a graduate of our department, Venki Ramakrishnan, has been selected to receive the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Venki received his PhD in physics from Ohio University in 1976. His dissertation was in theoretical solid-state physics, completed under the supervision of Prof. Tomo Tanaka. After finishing his doctorate he shifted the direction of his research to emphasize biochemistry and molecular biology. The Nobel Prize recognizes Venki's fundamental work related to understanding the structure and function of the ribosome.

Venki is currently a staff member at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Venki was on campus a year and a half ago, to receive the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award and present a colloquium.

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Last modified on 10/07/2009


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