Venki Ramakrishnan appointed to the British Library Board

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Dr Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan PRS to the British Library Board for four years from 15 June 2020

Dr Venki Ramakrishnan is a Nobel Prize-winning biologist whose many scientific contributions include his work on the atomic structure of the ribosome, chromatin structure and X-ray crystallography.

Dr Ramakrishnan received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for his work on ribosomal structure. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina and EMBO, as well as a Foreign Member of the Indian National Science Academy. He is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and was elected in 2015 as President of the Royal Society for a five-year term. He received a knighthood in 2012.

This appointment was made under the provisions of the British Library Act.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the greatest research libraries in the world. Taken together, the scope of its remit, the scale of its operations, the range of its services and the international importance of its collections are without equal. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection.

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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.

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