Professor Ada Yonath: Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry (2009)
Director, Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science (21 Jan 2016)

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Ada Yonath is one of the most revered global scientific personalities. She dedicated her life towards the study of the structure of ribosomes (large complex particles within each cell that translate genetic information, the basis of life itself). For this, she won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 – the only woman in Israel to win the coveted award. Her breakthrough research continues to be fundamental in developing antibiotics to fight the growing problem of bacterial drug resistance.

Ada Yonath believes in the importance of curiosity, passion and early childhood education: "If one has curiosity, then one stands the chance of attaining a high level of scientific inquiry… [but] it’s not enough to be curious – one has to really love what one does as science is demanding and there are many, many dark periods, low periods … [My journey began when] my kindergarten teacher encouraged me to learn".

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21 January 2016
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
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Venue: The Auditorium
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