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May 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

WOUB Spectrum Interviews Nobel Laureate About His Career

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, portrait with ribosome art from bookcover.

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan. Photo by Max Alexander at

WOUB Digital’s Spectrum interviewed Nobel Prize laureate and Ohio University alumnus Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan in a story headlined “Royal Society President Explains Ribosomes & Charts His Career for Podcast.”

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, a molecular biologist, is president of the Royal Society in Great Britain, the same organization formerly headed by Sir Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford.

He feels it is the duty and obligation of top scientists to explain, in understandable terms, their discoveries to the general population to extend understanding and knowledge.

Dr. Ramakrishnan, in this Spectrum Podcast, explains ribosomes. They exist in every living cell to synthesize proteins.

For his work in ribosomes, Dr. Ramakrishnan shared a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. In this podcast, he uses approachable metaphors to explain the functioning of these highly complex cell components….

Dr. Ramakrishnan also traces his career from his native India to getting a doctorate in physics from Ohio University….

Read more and listen to the interview on Spectrum, hosted by veteran journalist Thomas Hodson, Director of WOUB Public Media.

WOUB Spectrum logo in vivid rainbow

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