Indian-origin scientist Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, on Tuesday began his five-year term as president of the Royal Society, This position include the positions of the UK's largest science society and He will be in this position for five years. He will be in the position of Sir Paul Nurse. Ramakrishnan, or Venki as he is popularly known, graduated from Baroda University and continued higher studies in the US. Biochemist Born in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, received the Nobel Prize for chemistry with Tom Steitz and Ada Yonath, and was awarded a knighthood in 2012. He is also a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
There have been 60 presidents of the Royal Society since it was founded in 1660. Previous incumbents include great scientist like Sir Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, Ernest Rutherford, Joseph Banks, and Humphry Davy. According to website of Royal society, it has been confirmed in March that Winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009, Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan will become the precedent of Royal Society. The Royal Society celebrating its 355th anniversary in this week According to British Newspaper The Guardian.
In his last interaction with London-based Indian journalists, Ramakrishnan said ''As president, he will seek to foster greater interaction and exchanges with Indian scientists and students and the society. “I would like to encourage short and long-term visits by Indian scientists and students. I would like to encourage India to focus on electron microscopy” he said.
The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.