V Ramakrishnan: first Indian to head the 'Royal Society'
Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has become the first person of Indian origin to head the 'Royal Society' - an iconic society of science in Britain.
He will take over from geneticist Sir Paul Nurse - another Nobel laureate - on December 1, 2015.
The prestigious gathering (Royal Society) - a communion of the world's most distinguished scientists - has been there since the time of legendary Issac Newton, year 1660 to be precise !
- He is an American scientist of Indian descent and was born in Tamil Nadu in 1952.
- He had shared the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for discovering the precise structure of ribosomes - the molecular machines that manufacture proteins inside all living cells - with Thomas Steitz, of Yale University, and Ada Yonath, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Jerusalem.
- He is currently deputy director of the British Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.
- Nobel Prize (Chemistry): 2009
- Padma Vibhushan (India's second highest civilian honour): 2010
- Knighthood (title of "Sir"): 2011
- Its president is a key advocate for science in the UK and the world.
- Notable Presidents: Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, Joseph Banks, Humphry Davy, and Ernest Rutherford.