Venki Ramakrishnan named as next President of Royal Society

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, a Wellcome Trust Investigator, has been announced as the next President of the Royal Society. The Nobel Prize-winning structural biologist will take up the position in December 2015 when the current President, Sir Paul Nurse, steps down.

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his work in discovering the precise structure of the ribosome, the complex structures in our cells that use instructions in our genes to synthesise proteins. His research has continued to focus on these structures, studying the mechanisms of translation in both bacteria and higher organisms.

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan said: "The Wellcome Trust has made a major contribution to British science and is an important reason why the UK is able to be competitive in the life sciences. My own work has benefited enormously since the Trust began its support of my work a decade ago. I look forward to working with the Wellcome Trust on issues of mutual interest and concern."

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "Venki Ramakrishnan is an inspired choice for President of the Royal Society. I offer him my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with him. I’m certain he will continue the fantastic work Sir Paul Nurse has done at the Royal Society advocating for science in the UK and globally over the last five years."