Google Doodle pays tribute to Har Gobind Khorana on his 96th birthday


Har Gobind Khorana, an Indian-American scientist has been honoured by Google Doodle on his 96th birth anniversary.

After less than five years, Khorana again made a scientific breakthrough by constructing the first synthetic gene.

Born in a small village in Raipur, Dr. Khorana's father taught him how to read and write. He has been an alumnus of the University of Liverpool, University of Cambridge and University of Punjab which proudly laud his outstanding research. He completed his PhD after being awarded a scholarship by the Indian government to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, in 1948. In his biography, Prelog is credited for moulding "immeasurably his thought and philosophy towards science, work, and effort".

The researcher shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley for research that showed how the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cell's synthesis of proteins.

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He shifted to Vancouver in Canada In 1952 where he started his thorough research on DNA, at the University of British Columbia after this Dr. Khorana moved to the Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin In 1960. He then became a citizen of the US in 1966, and later received the National Medal of Science.

Khorana did not stop at this.

Khorana is known as a scientist who revolutionised biochemistry with his pioneering work in DNA chemistry.