Talk:Har Gobind Khorana

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He was born and educated in Pakistan not India. Please stop changing history. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:50, 30 January 2012 (UTC) He was born prior to the partition.


The University of Wisconsin generally enjoys the support of Wisconsin's citizens and state legislature, but of course there are exceptions, and in the late sixties, during the era of radicalism and student protest, some conservative legislators frequently sniped at the University. Favorite targets were professors who appeared to be frittering away their time on silly research instead of doing what the legislators felt they were paid to do, namely teaching.

Some months after Khorana won the Nobel prize, one state legislator was on a tear, fulminating about "university employees who earn more than the Governor." I wish I could remember which legislator it was. Gordon Roseleip was always going after the University, but I believe it was someone else. Anyway, on television, he sounded off and said, and this is as close to a verbatim quote as three-decade-old-memory permits, "Look at these people! I don't know who they are. For example, who ever heard of this 'Har Gobind Khorana' fellow? What does he do that makes him worth more than the Governor?" Dpbsmith 00:43, 5 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Moved the page from Gobind Khorana to Har Gobind Khorana. The latter gives 1670 Google hits. The former name seems to be exclusive for Wikipedia and related sites only.

Here are some more Google results:

  • "h. gobind khorana" - 766
  • "hargobind khorana" - 169
  • "hargobind khurana" - 121

These will be made redirects sooner or later. Jay 21:20, 27 Mar 2004 (UTC)


This article says he was born in Raipur, Pakistan. But the link goes to a Raipur in India. Two other Wikipedia articles say India. The Nobel Prize site says Pakistan. Brutannica 04:37, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

I've corrected it link to Raipur, Pakistan. Which are the other two wikipedia articles? Jay (talk) 09:36, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Continuing Vandalism by[edit]

The person is continuing to vandalize the page by insisting on changing the name of Dr Khorana (adding a "Singh") and so on. DaveBorman 22:54, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Government College[edit]

There is some confusion regarding where he studied for his B Sc degree. He actually studied at Government College Lahore. In those days, it was a college affiliated with University of Punjab. That is, the students graduating from the college got a PU degree. As of 2002, Government College Lahore it self has become an autonomous university by the name of 'GC University, Lahore'. Since, GC itself is prestigious institution, this information MUST be included in this article.

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The NY Times, Washington Post and other news surces report that H. Gobind Khoran has died on Nov 9th at the age of 89. See: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:14, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Khorana would have known there is no "natural causes" of death[edit]

Shocking to read such faulty descriptions of the cause of death here, and in the news; especially in the case of this biochemist! Please, he died of cancer or something else specific. Don't insult the man by resorting to unscientific garbage statements like "natural causes". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:05, 15 November 2011 (UTC)


The overview saying "pakistani-born" is not quite correct, there was Pakistan at this time. Explaining all of that would seem a bit excessive in the lead, so I am removing everything that would invite discussions over nationality from the lead. Richiez (talk) 11:35, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Who gave you the right to do that sir? He was born in Pakistan, got his schooling, bachelors and masters from Pakistan. You can check the website for an official history. Please stop changing facts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:19, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

He left the region well before the Pakistan/India split. The main text seems to have the known facts correctly and in better detail, no need to give oversimplified view in the lead. I was searching if he ever declared himself Pakistani or Indian nationality but could not find anything - do you have some source? - Richiez (talk) 21:31, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

As i understand that he has left well before the partition of India and Pakistan. He was born in Lahore, now turned Pakistan. Before the split of these two countries, they remain as one nation, known as India. Should we say that he was born in India? My this question should not be treated as the matter of discussions please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:04, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

I noted that this was Pre-Partition India. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:55, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Not the first to synthesize oligonucleotides[edit]

Im pretty sure that Sir Alexander Todd was the first to chemically synthesize a thymidine dimer using the "phosphotriester method" in 1955 ref (Michelson, A.M. & Todd, A.R. Nucleotides. XXXII. Synthesis of a dithymidine dinucleotide containing a 3',5'-internucleotidic linkage. Journal of the Chemical Society, 2632-8 (1955).)

Khorana did work with Todd in 1953, and published a paper, but it was not on the synthesis of nucleotides, but rather on pyrophoaphate synthesis.

He then later, in his own group, published a paper in 1958 regarding the synthesis and study of a thymidine dimer Ref(Gilham, P.T. & Khorana, H.G. Studies on Polynucleotides. I. A New and General Method for the Chemical Synthesis of the C5′-C3′ Internucleotidic Linkage. Syntheses of Deoxyribo-dinucleotides1. Journal of the American Chemical Society 80, 6212-6222 (1958).)