12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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About the Event

The Nobel Prize winning scientist talks to writer, scientist and BBC Radio 4 regular, Vivienne Parry, about his fascinating journey to decode DNA, the essence of who we are, in his new book The Gene Machine. How will his discoveries help modern science and medicine? He shares his story.

About the Author

Venki Ramakrishnan is a structural biologist who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the structure and function of the ribosome. He was knighted in 2012, and in 2015, was elected as President of the Royal Society. He works at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.


‘Venki’s scientific achievements have been remarkable’  JIM AL-KHALILI

‘If someone had told me that one of the most witty and enthralling books I’d read this year would be on the quest to understand ribosomes, I believe I would have laughed in his face, but I would have been quite wrong. Gene Machine is beyond superb.’ BILL BRYSON