The passing of Professor Sir Hans Kornberg

20 December 2019

The College is saddened to report the news of the passing of Honorary Fellow and former Lecturer, Professor Sir Hans Kornberg.

Hans was Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge from 1975 to 1995 and Master of Christ’s College from 1982 to 1995, when he left the Cambridge chair to take up a position as a Professor of Biology at Boston University. Hans’ major research area was the nature and regulation of carbohydrate transport in micro-organisms, primarily E. coli.

Hans was a lecturer at Worcester between 1958 and 1961. In 1963 he was the first recipient of The Biochemical Society’s annual Colworth Medal.  He received multiple honours for his work including election to the Royal Society in 1965 and a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1978 for ‘services to science’. He was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Worcester in 1980.

Further information about Sir Hans can be found in his obituary.