President Pratibha Patil today congratulated India-born scientist Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan for jointly winning this year’s Nobel prize for Chemistry.

In her message, Ms. Patil said she was very proud to hear of the news and was happy that Dr. Ramakrishnan’s pursuit of understanding the structure and functioning of the ribosome has been recognised.

Ms. Patil hopes that the work will one day help in bringing a cure for those who suffer from incurable bacterial infections, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

Dr. Ramakrishnan, now a U.S. citizen, is the 13th Nobel prize winner to have conducted path-breaking research at the Cambridge-based MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

He shares the 2009 Nobel prize for Chemistry with Thomas E. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath for their work in the study of the structure and function of the ribosome.

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