Fellow Nobel laureate to deliver first Thomas A. Steitz Lecture

Venki Ramakrishnan
Venki Ramakrishnan (Photo credit: The Royal Society [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan will deliver the inaugural Thomas A. Steitz Lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the Yale Art Gallery lecture hall, enter on High Street. It is free and open to the public.

Ramakrishnan shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with the late Steitz, Yale’s Sterling Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science, for their investigations into the structure of the ribosome, the cell’s protein-making factory.

Ramakrishnan, of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, has won many honors and is president of the Royal Society. He will present a general lecture based on his book “Gene Machine,” which explains “how scientists behave when the stakes are high, and how their egos, insecurities, and jealousies, but also their kindness and generosity, result in a mixture of competition and collaboration.”

A book signing will follow.

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