Google Feature — Har Gobind Khorana Doodle
96th Birth Anniversary of Dr Har Gobind Khorana
Today marks the 96th birth anniversary of Dr Har Gobind Khorana (January 9, 1922 – November 9, 2011), who was a pioneering Indian-American biochemist. He was Nobel Prize Winner for Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for unraveling the nucleotide sequence of RNA and deciphering the genetic code. He was then with the University of Wisconsin.
He shared the 1968 Nobel Prize with Marshall W Nirenberg and Robert W Holley. Khorana and Nirenberg were also awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in the same year.
Born in British India, Dr Khorana served on the faculties of three universities in North America. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1966, and received the National Medal of Science in 1987. He is known as a scientist who revolutionized biochemistry with his pioneering work in DNA chemistry.
Indian-American Biochemist — Har Gobind Khorana
(January 9, 1922 – November 9, 2011)
Google today celebrates the 96th Birth Anniversary of Dr Har Gobind Khorana with a doodle.
On clicking the doodle, it takes the visitor to Google search result page for news on Har Gobind Khorana.
Google Doodle — Dr Har Gobind Khorana’s 96th Birthday
Google Doodle celebrates Har Gobind Khorana’s 96th Birthday in today’s Google Doodle!
Today’s Doodle celebrates Har Gobind Khorana, an Indian-American biochemist whose passion for science started under a tree in the small village of Raipur, India, and grew into Nobel Prize-winning research on nucleotides and genes.
Dr Khorana was born in 1922 as the youngest of five children. His father instilled the importance of learning by helping his children to read and write, which wasn’t common for villagers at the time. Scholarships helped propel the budding scientist through his scholastic journey, obtaining his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1948.
Dr Khorana conducted research at universities in England, Switzerland, and Canada, and it was at the University of Wisconsin that he and two fellow researchers received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968. Together, they discovered that the order of nucleotides in our DNA determines which amino acids are built. These amino acids form proteins, which carry out essential cell functions.
His accomplishments didn’t stop there. Fewer than five years later, Dr Khorana made a second scientific breakthrough when he constructed the first synthetic gene. He received a host of awards during his lifetime, including the National Medal of Science.
Bangalore-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre drew today’s Doodle, which celebrates Dr Khorana’s pioneering work in understanding our DNA.
Happy Birthday, Dr Khorana!
Below is a picture of the Doodle on Google’s home page as it appeared today.
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96th Birth Anniversary of Indian-American Biochemist Har Gobind Khorana
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Search engine Google on Tuesday celebrated the 96th birth anniversary of Indian-American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana.
Har Gobind Khorana Khorana was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for unravelling the nucleotide sequence of RNA and deciphering the genetic code. He was then with the University of Wisconsin (UW).
Khorana came to Madison in 1960 to serve as co-director of the UW Institute for Enzyme Research and a member of the department of biochemistry.
He shared the award with Marshall W Nirenberg and Robert W Holley.
In 1970, shortly after he left Madison to join the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Khorana and colleagues announced that they had synthesised two genes crucial to protein-building work.
In 1976, they completed the synthesis of the first fully functional manmade gene in a living cell. The technique they pioneered laid the groundwork for subsequent research on how the structure of a gene influences its function.
In an autobiographical note written upon winning the Nobel Prize, Khorana wrote: ‘Although poor, my father was dedicated to educating his children and we were practically the only literate family in the village inhabited by about 100 people.’
He was born on January 9, 1922 in Raipur in Punjab, now part of Pakistan.
The pioneering Indian-American biochemist died of natural causes in Concord, Massachusetts on November 9, 2011.
Khorana is known as a scientist who revolutionised biochemistry with his pioneering work in DNA chemistry.
It was at Wisconsin that Khorana along with his colleagues worked out the mechanisms of RNA codes for the synthesis of proteins, which won him the Nobel Prize.
He is survived by his daughter, Julia, and son, Dave.
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