Ada Yonath 311.
Born in 1939 in the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem, books were Ada Yonath's
refuge. A love of learning and achievement propelled a young Yonath to get her
PhD in 1968 from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she currently works as senior staff.
In 2009, Dr. Yonath became the first Israeli woman to receive a
Nobel Prize when she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with two other
scientists, for their path- breaking contribution to understanding the nature of
"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,"
Yonath says in this exclusive video.
Drawn to science out of her own
curiosity, Ada Yonath's work deals with the extremely minute particles
ribosomes. Watch as Ada speaks humbly about her achievements and points
personal struggles she encountered along her path.
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"The world was not
supportive. They look at me as a joke for 13 to 14 years until I could
feasibility, then I had competitors. Those that laughed at me became my
competitors," she says.
After overcoming many odds, Dr. Yonath's discoveries
continue to influence the latest research into antibiotics in the finest
firms in the world.
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