Venki `honoured and touched` by Padma Vibhushan

Nobel laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan today said that he was "honoured and touched" by the Padma Vibhushan award bestowed on him by the Indian government.

Updated: Jan 25, 2010, 20:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Nobel laureate Venkataraman
Ramakrishnan today said that he was "honoured and touched" by the Padma Vibhushan award bestowed on him by the Indian
government.

"I am honored and touched that the country of my birth
has chosen to recognise our work with this award,"
Ramakrishnan told PTI.

Ramakrishnan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry last year, was chosen for the Padma Vibhushan award announced on the eve of the country`s 60th Republic Day here.

Chidambaram-born Ramakrishnan, a senior scientist at the
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, shared the
Nobel Prize with Thomas A Steitz and Ada E Yonath for mapping ribosomes, the protein-producing factories within cells, at the atomic level.

-PTI