THE INDIAN WIZARD OF BIOPHYSICS : REMEMBERING G. N. RAMACHANDRAN IN THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CRYSTALLOGRAPHY

Sanjay Kumar Dey, Suman Kundu

Abstract


An Indian soldier of science who had implanted deep foot prints in the biophysical world of peptides, proteins and imaging is none other than G.N. Ramachandran. Hardly has another Indian biophysicist received such world wide acclaim. The year 2013 marked the 50th year of his much lauded and used Ramachandran map and has been celebrated in India with gusto, worthy of his remarkable contribution. As the year passed by, it is imperative that we salute the great soul yet again. It is no mere coincidence with respect to G.N. Ramachandran that after the year long celebrations of 2013, the year 2014 will be celebrated world-wide as the International Year of Crystallography. It is essential to emphasize that any celebration with respect to crystallography is incomplete without remembering Ramachandran. His life and contributions are now widely known, but a recount of the tales will always remain relevant, and the budding generation of young scientists must realize his value over and over again.

Keywords: G.N. Ramachandran; International year of crystallography 2014; Ramachandran map; Collagen helix; Convolution technique


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