Nobel Prize winner to visit Oakham School to inspire students

Oakham School is honoured to be welcoming Nobel Prize winner and current President of the Royal Society Dr VenkatramanRamakrishnan FRS on Thursday 16 May for a unique event: ‘In conversation with Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate.’

Students studying Science and Philosophy in the Sixth Form at Oakham are looking forward to taking part in the convivium with Dr Ramakrishnan, along with pupils from a variety of other schools across the region including Harington School, Beauchamp College, Uppingham School, Stamford Endowed Schools, Loughborough Grammar and Leicester Grammar.

Dr Ramakrishnan, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, will be taking part in an hour-long symposium where he will be discussing a variety of topics including his journey to the Nobel, why he gave up Physics to do Biology, and the nature of scientific truth.  As well as being able to hear his thoughts and opinions from his decades of experience that spans three scientific disciplines (and working in three continents), students will also have the opportunity to ask him their own questions.

A-level pupil Emma Hearn will be introducing Dr Ramakrishnan in what should be a packed-out audience in the Wilson Auditorium, and following the formal part of the meeting, students will then have the chance to meet Dr Ramakrishnan personally over an informal supper.  During the evening, a short presentation will be made to Sir Venki by Dr Navin Leanage, a former pupil of the School and a long-standing supporter of its Biology Society.

“Whilst we have regular Biology Society (‘Bio Soc’) meetings here at Oakham, this is an incredibly special one-off event for us – one that has taken two years to arrange,” says Dr Andrew Nicoll, Biology teacher at Oakham School.  “We are delighted to not only host Sir Venki to inspire our scientists, but also to be able to reach out to young people from the East Midlands.  It is also a great pleasure for me to have one of my early ex-pupils back to make the presentation.  We hope to help inspire the next generation of thinkers and scientists for the country.”

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