Thomas B. Kornberg

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Thomas Kornberg
St Louis, Missouri, United States
Alma materColumbia College[1] (B.A., 1970, Biology)
Columbia University[1] (Ph.D, 1973, Biochemistry)
AwardsAmerican Cancer Society Career Development Award (1978)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles[1] (1976-1977)
University of California San Francisco[1] (1986-present)

Thomas Bill Kornberg is an American biochemist who was the first person to purify and characterise DNA polymerase II and DNA polymerase III.[2][3] He is currently a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and is working on Drosophila melanogaster development.

Kornberg's father is Arthur Kornberg (1918–2007), winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Medicine, and his older brother is Roger D. Kornberg (born 1947), winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


  1. ^ a b c d "Thomas Kornberg, PhD". UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ Kornberg T, Gefter ML (10 September 1972). "Deoxyribonucleic acid synthesis in cell-free extracts. IV. Purification and catalytic properties of deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase III". J. Biol. Chem. 247 (17): 5369–75. PMID 4560196.
  3. ^ Kornberg T, Gefter ML (1971). "Purification and DNA synthesis in cell-free extracts: properties of DNA polymerase II". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 68 (4): 761–4. Bibcode:1971PNAS...68..761K. doi:10.1073/pnas.68.4.761. PMC 389037. PMID 4927672.


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