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|Sir Hans Kornberg|
14 January 1928 |
University of Leicester
Christ's College, Cambridge
University of Sheffield
University of Oxford
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield|
Early life and education
Kornberg was born in 1928 in Germany of Jewish parents. In 1939 he left Nazi Germany (although his parents could not), and moved to the care of an uncle in Yorkshire. Initially he went to a school for German refugees, but later to a private school and Wakefield Grammar School.
On leaving school he became a junior laboratory technician for Dr Hans Krebs at the University of Sheffield who encouraged him to study further and apply for a scholarship at the same university. He graduated with a BSc Honours in Chemistry in 1949. His interest had now moved to biochemistry and he studied in the Faculty of Medicine, receiving a PhD degree in 1953 for a thesis entitled Studies on gastric urease.
A Commonwealth Fund Exchange Fellowship of the Harkness Foundation enabled him to travel to the USA and work in several biochemistry laboratories. He then returned to the UK where his mentor Hans Krebs had moved to Oxford University and offered him a post there. This partnership produced a paper in Nature, concerning their discovery of the Glyoxylate cycle, and also a joint book  which was the first major publication on biological thermodynamics.
In 1960 he was appointed to the first Chair in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, which he held until 1975 when he was elected to the Sir William Dunn Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. In 1963 he was awarded the Colworth Medal, the first person to receive it.
From 1982 to 1995 he was Master of Christ's College, Cambridge.
In 1995 he left the Cambridge chair to take up a position as a Professor of Biology at Boston University, USA, where he teaches biochemistry. His major research area is the nature and regulation of carbohydrate transport in micro-organisms.
Honours and awards
He was elected to the Royal Society in 1965 and the same year awarded the Colworth Medal of The Biochemical Society. In 1973 he was awarded the Otto Warburg Medal of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1978 he was knighted for "services to science". He has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates and has been elected into membership of:
- The United States National Academy of Sciences
- The German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina"
- The Italian National Academy of Sciences "Lincei"
- The American Philosophical Society
- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- The American Society of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology
- The Japanese Biochemical Society
- Phi Beta Kappa Society
Professor Kornberg is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.
He has four children: Julia Cork (b. 1957), Rachel Kornberg (b. 1959), Dr.Jonathan Kornberg and Simon Kornberg (b. 1960).
- British Humanist Society Distinguished Supporters
- Jewish Year Book, 2005, p. 214: List of Jewish Fellows of the Royal Society
- Professor Sir Hans Kornberg FRS in Conversation with Sir James Baddiley FRS October 1990
- Current research interests (Boston University Biology Department)
- Sir Hans Kornberg (Boston University Biology Department)
- Kornberg HL (2003). "Memoirs of a biochemical hod carrier". J Biol Chem 278 (12): 9993–10001. doi:10.1074/jbc.X200008200. PMID 12556462.
- University of Sheffield Library: thesis collection
- H. L. Kornberg & H. A Krebs (1957) Nature 179, 988 - 991 Synthesis of Cell Constituents from C2-Units by a Modified Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle
- H. A. Krebs & H. L. Kornberg (1957) Energy Transformations in Living Matter Springer (Berlin)
- "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
|Professor of Biochemistry, University of Leicester
1960 - 1975
Frank George Young
|Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry, Cambridge University
1975 - 1995
|Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
1982 - 1995