Google Doodle marks the 96th Birth Anniversary of Har Gobind Khorana

Google honors scientist Har Gobind Khorana with new Doodle

Google Doodle marks the 96th Birth Anniversary of Har Gobind Khorana

While Khorana was known as a modest and down to earth man despite his accomplishments, he also used to say, "I only work on big problems".

He was born in 1922 in the village of Raipur, Punjab, in what is now in Pakistan, Dr. Khorana's love for science began at an early age and that was thanks to his father who believed in the value of education. In 1960 he moved to Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin.

Today on Google's home page is a special Google Doodle, logo, for the noble prize victor, Indian American biochemist who was the first to demonstrate the role of nucleotides in protein synthesis, Har Gobind Khorana.

"Together", Google explains, "they discovered that the order of nucleotides in our DNA determines which amino acids are built". This amino acid takes the shape of the protein that tells the code in our genes into every physical element.

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Explained, "Four years after winning the Nobel Prize, Khorana succeeded in synthesizing the first wholly artificial gene".

Har Khorana, a 20 century titan of science who was awarded the Nobel after showing how DNA formed a blueprint for life, was given a 21st century honor today: the daily Google Doodle.

He was married in 1952 to a Swiss woman named Esther Elizabeth Sibler and the couple had three children.

Khorana died November 9, 2011, in MA at the age of 89. He, being a widower since 2001, was survived by his children, Julia and Davel. After being awarded with the Government of India Fellowship in 1945, Khorana went to England for a PhD degree at the University of Liverpool. Roger J.S. Beer supervised his research, and, in addition, looked after him diligently. "The association with Professor Prelog molded immeasurably his thought and philosophy towards science, work, and effort".

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