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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009
Nobel co-recipients: Thomas A. Steitz, Ada E. Yonath

"for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."

Nobel Medal Cash and Philanthropy

Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan stated that he spent his entire Nobel Prize money. It had not changed his life style. However, it had made some improvement in his life and the life of his family members. For his professional musician son, he had bought a 19th-century Italian cello which took up about two thirds of the prize money. He had completed paying off a mortgage.

A year after the prize was awarded, he realized that since he was a US citizen, he had to pay tax in the US. “Reluctantly but voluntarily” he paid the tax.

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Name: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Birth: 1952, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Affiliation: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Award: "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."
Portion of Cash: 1/3
Nobel Medal Cash and Philanthropy