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Venki Ramakrishnan

The Royal Society

Venki Ramakrishnan is a Group Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge and President of the Royal Society. He grew up in India where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics before moving to the USA in 1971. On obtaining his Ph.D. in physics in 1976, he switched to molecular biology and after a long career in the USA he moved to Cambridge in 1999 to work at the LMB. He is best known for his work on ribosomes, the large molecules in all cells that read genetic information to make proteins. Ramakrishnan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences) and a Foreign Member of the Indian National Science Academy. He received the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine in 2007 and shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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