„It’s not about where you were born, or where you come from that makes you a good scientist. What you need are good teachers, co-students, facilities, [he said]. I honestly don’t think my roots have much to do with it. I’m sure this won’t make me popular, but this is what I think.“
— Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Nobel prize winning American and British structural biologist 1952
On his childhood roots in Tamil Nadu.