It is a matter of pride that an India-born scientist, Dr Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two others. The award is a matter of special pride for Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science also, of which he is a fellow. Dr Ramakrishnan is a US citizen and had his higher education in the US, though he had his schooling and graduation in India. His entire research career, including the prize-winning work on protein-producing ribosomes which are vital for life, was in the US and the UK. He joins other illustrious Indians like Dr Hargobind Khurana, Dr S Chandrasekhar and Amartya Sen whose Nobel Prize-winning works were also carried out abroad. While Indians can feel happy about the honours being won by those from the country, it should be a matter of concern that they had to live and work abroad to win those honours.
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