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Chemistry Nobel Prize: Ada Yonath [20091007|15:18]
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Professor Ada Yonath will share this year's chemistry Nobel Prize for helping to untangle the structure of ribosomes.

I saw Professor Yonath speak in 2002, the year I got my PhD, at the Maria Goeppert-Mayer symposium held annually at the University of California, San Diego. (Two years before that, I won a poster prize at the symposium. A year later, Sally Ride gave one of the symposium talks. And in 2003, I chaired one of the sessions as a postdoc.) Although I can't recall much of the content of her talk - mostly because biochemistry is not my remit - I do remember being quite inspired by her vibrant presence and clear, precise delivery.

She is only the fourth woman ever to win a chemistry Nobel. My own achievements are much humbler but although I no longer work as one, I'm proud to have trained as a chemist myself today.

[User Picture]From: returntosender
2009-10-07 17:33 (UTC)
My anatomy study is paying off - I realise what she's achieved! Brilliant stuff.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-12 13:46 (UTC)
Fantastic! (I had to go and look it up. It's been 14 years since I studied biology. Scary thought.)
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