Today, Google Doodle marks the 96th birth anniversary of Har Gobind Khorana. He is Indian American biochemist who won Nobel Prize in 1968 for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holey for research which showed how the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids that carries the genetic code for the cell to control the synthesis of proteins. In the same year, Har Gobind Khorana and Nirenberg also achieved Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. Today, the Google Doodle depicts the illustration of Har Gobind Khorana on the eve of his 96th birthday. Bangalore based illustrator Rohan Dahotre shared the illustration depicting the 96 birthday of 1968 Nobel Prize winner Har Gobind Khorana.
In 1966, Gobind Khorana became a naturalized citizen of the United States, subsequently, he received the National Medal of Science. He co-directed the Institue for Enzyme Research and became a professor of biochemistry in 1962. His outstanding contribution to the Science and Medicine has changed the scenario a lot. He was world’s renowned scientists who’ve career blossomed from humble roots. He was the fifth child who was born to the Hindu family in Raipur in 1922 where 100 villagers of Punjab region has now become Pakistani.
In the starting of his career, Khorana received a scholarship to study chemistry at Punjab University in Lahore, but he was very shy to attend the mandatory admission interview which was considered majorly in English. However, the admission committee got enough impressed with Khorana’s application. Also, enrolled him in the University anyway. Khorana completed his graduation and masters degree in chemistry from Punjab University and followed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Liverpool in England. He was also elected as Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1978. Khorana’s mission was to build a seamless community of Science, industrialists and social entrepreneurs in India and US.