Google, on Tuesday, celebrated the 96th birth anniversary of Indian-American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana and dedicated a doodle in his name.
Gobind Singh won Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1968, which he shared with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley.
Har Gobind Singh was born in 1922 in Raipur, British India (today Kabirwala, Pakistan) to Ganpat Rai Khorana, a taxation clerk and Krishna Devi Khorana. He was the youngest of all the five children.
His educational qualifications include serving on the faculty of the University of British Columbia from 1952-1960, where he started his research for his Nobel prize-winning work. He received the National Medal of Science in 1966. He became a biochemistry professor in 1962 and named Conrad A. Elvehjem, Professor of Life Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His research work was based on RNAs in the human body and how they produced amino acids. Khorana was elected as Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1978.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Government of India (Dept of Biotechnology) and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum jointly created the Khorana programme in 2007. The Khorana programme was launched to build a seamless community of scientists, industrialists, and social entrepreneurs in the US and India.
Khorana died of natural causes on November 9, 2011 in Concord, Massachusetts at the age of 89. He, being a widower since 2001, was survived by his children, Julia and Davel.