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Hans Kornberg

Sir Hans Kornberg FRS


Elected: 1965


Hans Kornberg is a biochemist whose main achievements are elucidation of the mechanisms and regulation of several metabolic sequences, the discovery of the glyoxylate cycle and recognition of anaplerotic processes. At the age of 11, Hans moved to England, a refugee of Nazi Germany. He was educated at various boarding schools and at the University of Sheffield, from which he graduated with BSc and PhD degrees.

After seven years of postdoctoral research in the United States and at the University of Oxford, he served successively as Professor of Biochemistry at the universities of Leicester (1960–1975) and Cambridge (1975–1995). From 1982–1995, he was also Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is currently a University Professor and Professor of Biology at Boston University.

Hans was knighted in 1978 and has received 11 honorary doctorates, as well as membership or honorary memberships of many national academies and professional scientific societies. He was awarded the UK Biochemical Society’s Colworth Medal and the Warburg Medal of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Professional positions

University Professor and Professor of Biology, Boston University

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Anaplerotic sequences, carbohydrate transport, Microbial metabolism