Biochemistry At Stanford

Your March 20, 1995, article on the Gairdner Foundation Awards [N. Sankaran, page 3], in reference to the award to Arthur Kornberg, states, "he came to Stanford in 1959, where he organized the biochemistry department and chaired it for 10 years." The record needs to be set straight. The biochemistry department at Stanford was founded in 1955-56, with Nobel laureate Edward Tatum as its first chairman. The new faculty of the department consisted of Professors Tatum, J. Murray Luck (founder and e

Laurence Pilgeram
Jun 25, 1995
Your March 20, 1995, article on the Gairdner Foundation Awards [N. Sankaran, page 3], in reference to the award to Arthur Kornberg, states, "he came to Stanford in 1959, where he organized the biochemistry department and chaired it for 10 years."

The record needs to be set straight. The biochemistry department at Stanford was founded in 1955-56, with Nobel laureate Edward Tatum as its first chairman. The new faculty of the department consisted of Professors Tatum, J. Murray Luck (founder and editor of Annual Reviews), and Hubert Loring, with myself as the newly appointed assistant professor of biochemistry. Kornberg joined the department following Tatum's appointment at the Rockefeller Institute in New York and my accepting appointment at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine to head and develop a research laboratory on atherosclerosis.

Laurence Pilgeram
P.O. Box 1583
Goleta Station
Santa Barbara, Calif. 93116

(The Scientist, Vol:9, #13, pg.11, June...

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