Har Gobind Khorana: Why Google Honours Him Today

Har Gobind Khorana: Why Google Honours Him Today

Har Gobind Khorana: Why Google Honours Him Today

The doodle, designed by Bengaluru-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre, has been featured by Google on Khorana's 96th birth anniversary.

His Nobel in Physiology or Medicine came in 1968, while he was at the University of Wisconsin, and he was jointly awarded with colleagues working independently, Robert Holley and Marshall Nirenberg. Two years before the line of partition between India and Pakistan would run right through his state, the British administration offered Khorana a PhD fellowship from the University of Liverpool in the UK. Bangalore based illustrator Rohan Dahotre shared the illustration depicting the 96 birthday of 1968 Nobel Prize victor Har Gobind Khorana. Meanwhile, those in the Middle East will see a Doodle celebrating the 82nd birthday of Arabic poet and radio host Farouk Shousha.

After a few years, Har Gobind went to work in a university in Vancouver, Canada where he initiated his DNA research. Together, their work showed how DNA's code leads to the construction of RNA, which in turn allowed the construction of proteins to carry out functions.

Explains Encyclopedia.com, "In addition to developing methods for investigating the structure of the nucleic acids, Khorana introduced numerous techniques that allowed scientists to decipher the genetic code and show how ribonucleic acid (RNA ) can specify the structure of proteins".


-In 1960, he moved to the USA, where started working in the University of Wisconsin.

Khorana married Swiss national Esther Elizabeth Sibler in 1952. He, being a widower since 2001, was survived by his children, Julia and Davel.

It is believed the first artificial gene was constructed by Khorana in 1972. After living a worthy life, he died in 2011 aged 89 in Concord, Massachusetts.

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