Ada Yonath

Scientist, Academic

1939 –

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Who is Ada Yonath?

Ada E. Yonath is an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is the current director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize out of ten Israeli Nobel laureates, the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. However, she said herself that there was nothing special about a woman winning the Prize.

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Born
Jun 22, 1939
Mandatory Palestine
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • Israel
Profession
Education
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lived in
  • Israel

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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