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Arthur Kornberg M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959
Nobel co-recipient Servero Ochoa
National Medal of Science - Biological Sciences 1979

Physician, Scientist. Discovered mechanisms in biological synthesis of RNA and DNA - basis of discovery of recombinant DNA which helped ignite biotechnology revolution. Founder, DNAX Institute.

"With more scientists struggling for grants in an era of tight budgets, nobody is going to propose doing anything that is bold or creative."

Quotations

1. "I told my three sons stories about germs more than fifty years ago as fanciful bedtime tales."

2. "A scientist shouldn't be asked to judge the economic and moral value of his work. All we should ask the scientist to do is find the truth-and then not keep it from anyone."

3. Half of what we know is wrong, the purpose of science is to determine which half.

4. Thou shalt not believe something just because you can explain it.

Author Kornberg
Photo NIH. Painting Tim Tompkins - PaintHistory.com

Name: Arthur Kornberg
Title: Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry
Affiliation: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Gender: Male
Year Deceased: 26 October 2007, Stanford, CA, USA
Award Discipline: Biological Sciences
Award Year: 1979
Citation: "For accomplishments providing the conceptual and experimental framework for much of our current understanding of the manner in which DNA, the genetic substance is replicated."
Presented by President Carter at a White House Ceremony on January 14, 1980.
Nobel Laureate: Physiology or Medicine 1959
Birth: 3 March 1918, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Age Awarded: 61
Country of Birth: USA
Key Contributions: Research in DNA Replication
Awarded by: Jimmy Carter
Education: City College of New York
University of Rochester
Areas of Impact: Health & Medicine
Affiliations: Stanford University School of Medicine
Other Prizes: Nobel Prize
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