Google doodle for father of DNA HG Khorana

11 January, 2018, 09:11 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
  • A table showing the three-letter RNA codons associated with proteins    
   National Institutes of Health

Nobel prize victor, Dr. Khorana obtained a degree in Punjab University in Lahore and lived in British India till 1945.

Today is 96th birth anniversary of Dr. Khorana who was known for his extensive research on Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

Today on Google's home page is a special Google Doodle, logo, for the noble prize victor, Indian American biochemist who was the first to demonstrate the role of nucleotides in protein synthesis, Har Gobind Khorana.

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Khorana went to the University of Liverpool around 1948 and then went on to study at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich.

Har Khorana, a 20 century titan of science who was awarded the Nobel after showing how DNA formed a blueprint for life, was given a 21st century honor today: the daily Google Doodle. He was also awarded National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in the field of genetics.

The doodle on the home page of Google shows the sketch of Dr Khorana on the right side and the logo in its colours modified to depict the RNA chains. Proteins are responsible for basic form and functions. He conducted his Nobel Prize-winning research on nucleotides at the University of Wisconsin, and he later became the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Khorana was an expert on the chemical synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids.

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When Khorana grew up and attended college in the U.S., he was able to gain scholarships and obtain a doctorate in organic chemistry by 1948, when he was 26 years old.

The research which make him prominent personality in science was construction of the world first artificial gene. Dr. Khorana married Esther Elizabeth Sibler in 1952. "He was survived by his children, Julia and Dave". He died in 2011 at the age of 89.

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