Arthur Kornberg dies

Biochemist earned a Nobel for synthesizing DNA in a test tube

Alison McCook
Oct 28, 2007
Arthur Kornberg, 89, the legendary biochemist who won the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for illuminating how DNA is assembled, died on Friday (October 26) of respiratory failure."There have got to be tens of thousands of people around the world today whose eyes are tearing up with the news that he's gone," Paul Berg, one of Kornberg's colleagues at Stanford (and winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with recombinant DNA), said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary scientist. His accomplishments might be called legendary."Kornberg was born in Brooklyn in 1918, and earned an MD from the University of Rochester in 1941. He joined the US Public Health Service, then accepted a post at the National Institutes of Health, where he stayed until 1953. While there, he completed a sabbatical at New York University School of Medicine, where he worked...

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