Before I continue with the rest of this post, I should mention that Prof. Kobilka has requested that this post not be read as an endorsement of my writing proposal for Tamil, and I want to make sure that that disclaimer is there up front. I had come across Prof. Kobilka's work as part of my work for this blog, and his accomplishments are many, but I must say that meeting this man was a humbling experience for me. In fact, one of the medications that I used to take targets GPCRs, one of the discoveries of Prof. Kobilka's that has resulted in his winning the Nobel Prize his year. And so, I was really quite excited. It was very generous of Prof. Kobilka to give me the opportunity to speak wth him. He struck me as very modest about his accomplishment. I consider myself very fortunate in having the opportunity to meet Prof. Kobilka.
On the day of the meeting, I walked into the building and asked a passing student for directions to his room. She asked me about the room number. I was sure I had it right. I told her the room number again, and she pointed me to Prof. Kobilka's room and stifled a look of surprise. It is quite possible that it was simply my bouquet of flowers that threw her off. I wanted to give Prof. Kobilka a small token of appreciation for his spending the time on a matter such as this, and so had bought him a bouquet. I am usually on time for all my appointments, and the irony was that I was late for this meeting of all meetings. In fact, I had had to run the last three blocks to reach Prof. Kobilka's office and so was one out-of-breath guy. Before I crossed the street to the department building, I asked somebody for directions. The person told me how to get there and yelled after me - "Somebody is lucky today!" - assuming I was on a date. He probably did not know that it was I who was the lucky guy that day.
Update: updated the post a bit, moved it forward by a day.