Archive for October, 2009

US continues to bag a major share of Nobel prizes

October 31, 2009

October is the month for Nobel prize announcements. Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics Nobel prizes announced one after another had 11 out of 13 winners from USA. Isreal in Chemistry Nobel and Germany in Literature Nobel were the only countries outside USA. Of course one of the Chemistry Nobel prize winner (Venky Ramakrishnan) is of Indian origin (in fact from my part of the country!). The surprise this time surely was the Peace Nobel for President Obama when he has not even completed nine full months in his office!

Apple announces great results for July September quarter

October 21, 2009

Apple announced the results for its third quarter (July September 2009), with sales of $ 9.87 billion and profit of $ 1.67 billion, the largest ever profit.

It is amazing that Apple managed to sell 3.1 million iMac computers, 7.2 million iPhones and 10.4 million iPods; with holiday season around the corner Apple can only do better in the next quarter; in the process Apple revenue might touch $ 40 billion for the year 2009. Achieving such growth in one of the worst recession it indeed remarkable

Infosys postes good quarterly results for July – September 2009

October 9, 2009

Infosys announced the quarterly results today

With revenue of Rs 5,585 crores and profit of Rs 1,560 crores it shows 7.5% QoQ increase

Infosys also gave a guidance of nearly Rs 22,000 crores for the year (Apr 2009 to March 2010)

Considering the global business sentiment it is good; hopefully other results to follow (Wipro, CTS, TCS, HCL) too will be good

Prof Venky Ramakrishnan of Cambridge gets 2009 Chemistry Nobel

October 7, 2009

Prof Venky Ramakrishnan of Cambridge University gets the Chemistry Nobel for 2009 for the structure and function of Ribosome

He is the fifth India-born scientist to win Nobel Prize. Other than Sir CV Raman who won the Nobel Prize in 1930 for molecular splitting of light and Raman Effect, the other winners are naturalized citizens of USA

  • Prof Hargobind Khorana won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in the year 1968; he was a molecular biologist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison then
  • Prof Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for the theoretical structure and evolution of stars; he was at the University of Chicago then
  • Prof Amartya Sen won Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 for his contribution to welfare economics; he was at Harvard University then

Interestingly, just in the afternoon Prof PK Ghosh (Retd) of IITK gave a talk in IIIT-B about biological molecules and mass spectrometry where he talked about Ribosome (I heard it for the first time!)

Another coincidence; Dr Venky Ramakrishnan happens to be the cousin of Professor SV Sankaran’s wife; Prof Sankaran currently with SAP is an active IEEE Office-bearer in Bangalore; he spent 3 years at IIIT-B!