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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 2 (Nov. 1968)

The man who won the Nobel,   pp. 10-11


Page 11


   HAR GOBIND KHORANA, PH.D. OF THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY
   IS ONE OF THREE SCIENTISTS TO SHARE THE 1968 NOBEL
   PRIZE FOR HIS WORK ON GENETICS- .                         __
     Dr. Khorana, 46, was born in Raipur, India. He
   earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Punjab university,
   India, and a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool,
   England, in 1948, then did postdoctoral work in Switz-
   erland and England. He came to Wisconsin in 1960,
   when the late President Conrad Elvehjem invited him to
   become professor of biochemistry and co-director of the
   Institute for Enzyme Research. (For more on the Insti-
   tute, see p. 24.) He was appointed Conrad Elvehjem
   Professor of Life Sciences in 1964.
     The following year he became a United States citizen,
  three years earlier than regulations usually permit, under
  a special bill introduced by Sen. William  Proxmire
  (D-Wis.).
  HE NEWS of his selection by the Nobel committee
      came to the Khorana home at 6:30 a.m. via a phone
call fro    .--Washington, DC newspaper. Mrs- Khorana
  took the message. She and their three children-Julia,
  15, Emily, 14, and David, 10-then confirmed the fact
  on the 7 a.m. news. Then Mrs. Khorana set off to tell
  her husband. (He had risen early and gone out to a
  favorite rural retreat to watch the sun come up and mull
  over the speech he would give the next day at Columbia
  university in accepting half of its $25,000 Louisa Gross
  Horwitz Prize for research in biochemistry.)
    An early morning trip to the country is not unusual
  for the shy man. He walks and jogs frequently along the
  campus between the Enzyme Institute and the Union,
  and along the lake shore to the Willows. He usually
  carries writing materials with him to jot down any ideas
  that come during these exercise sessions.
    What was his reaction to the news of his selection?
  "I was happy and grateful", Dr. Khorana smiled. He
  speaks with a slight accent. He then thanked the Uni-
  versity administration for "all the cooperation, funds,
  and encouragement."
    Dr. Khorana is the second University faculty member
  to receive a Nobel Prize. It was given in 1958 to Dr.
  Joshua Lederberg for his studies on the organization of
  the genetic materials in bacteria. 0
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