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‘A nice Jim Watson’: Venki Ramakrishnan on how ‘The Double Helix’ inspired him

Fellows, Free Thought, Tradition and Innovation

Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan is President of the Royal Society, a Fellow of Trinity, a Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge - and a successful author. His first book, Gene Machine - about the race to decipher the structure of the ribsosome - received rave reviews. Here Dr Ramakrishnan talks about his inspiration for writing a popular science book, his aims as Royal Society President, and still feeling like an outsider.

How the UK can stay at the forefront of science and technology

Fellows, Free Thought, Tradition and Innovation

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan came to the UK 18 years ago to pursue his research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Elected a Fellow of Trinity in 2008, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ribosomes, and was knighted in 2012. In 2015 he was elected President of the Royal Society. Here he charts a path for the UK to retain its leading role in science and technology.