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Ada E. Yonath (Hebrew: ??? ??????, pronounced [?ada jo?nat]) (born 22 June 1939) is an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is the current director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize out of ten Israeli Nobel laureates, the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. However, she said herself that there was nothing special about a woman winning the Prize

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Ada Yonath


People always talk about the implication and applications of a process, but for me, the goal is purely about knowledge. Knowledge can become practical today, in 20 years, or in 500 years. Ask Newton. He didn't know there would be space research based on his accident with the apple.

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After I spent my compulsory army service in the 'top secret office' of the Medical Forces, where I was fortunate to be exposed to clinical and medical issues, I enrolled to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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During my time I had some very difficult years, and I had very pronounced competition, all by men.

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Waiting for me in Stockholm will be a personal assistant - Katrina from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - as well the secretary of the Swedish Academy. They'll help us with our things and take us to our hotel. From the moment I arrive, I'll always be together with the other two laureates.

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My memories from my childhood are centered on my father's medical conditions alongside my constant desire to understand the principles of the nature around me.

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I was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a poor family that shared a rented four-room apartment with two additional families and their children.

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My kindergarten teacher encouraged me to learn, as did my school headmaster, who gave me a grant to study.

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At the end of the 1970s, I was a young researcher at the Weizmann Institute with an ambitious plan to shed light on one of the major outstanding questions concerning living cells: the process of protein biosynthesis.

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Anyone who sits in our jails who is not just a criminal but what we call a terrorist, with or without blood on his hands - and these definitions are also unclear to me - should not be sitting in our custody.

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It is a great honor for me to be able to express my sincere gratitude to the Nobel Foundation.

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I was described as a dreamer, a fantasist, even as the village idiot. I didn't care. What I cared about was convincing people to allow me to go on with my work.

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I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father... it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books.

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When a man sits in our jails for a number of years, and around him friends and family become angry, that is how we create terrorists.

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The Weizmann Institute showed me respect and didn't require many administrative tasks, so I was quite independent. I did what I wanted.

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Proteins are constantly being degraded. Therefore, simultaneous production of proteins is required.

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