Professor Ada Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for studies of the structure and function of the Ribosome. Defying the naysayers, she successfully crystallized a bacterial Ribosome, a feat that contributed greatly to the understanding of the Ribosome, tiny structures that are found in every living cell.
On 1 July 2011, Professor Yonath shared her experiences in life and science, when she gave a talk to a rapt audience of Year 3 and Year 4 RGS students at the Evelyn Norris Hall, Raffles Girls School. She spoke of her humble beginnings, her passion for learning, the spirit of tenacity and innovation that fuels her ambition to understand the basic building block that is essential to life and of the family that is her anchor.
With the aid of slides and pictures, a dash of humour and a fierce passion for research, she showed that age is no bearer for science. Professor Yonath exemplifies all that is passionate, curious and determined. As a parting salvo, she said to the RGS girls, “Whatever you want to do, if you have the passion to pursue, even if the boys tell you you cannot do it, YOU CAN!”