Died: October 26, 2007
Best Known as: biochemist who discovered how DNA is assembled
Biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1959 for
discovering how DNA is assembled. He was one of three members from the
City College of New York class of 1937, who won Nobel-prizes. Kornberg’s
discovery of DNA polymerase, an enzyme needed in heredity synthesis,
became one of the essential steps leading to advancements in genetic
engineering. His discovery and research also led to the design of drugs
now used to treat cancers, auto-immune diseases, and other viral
infections. He was a passionate scientist and worked in his Stanford
University lab until a few days before his death caused by respiratory
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