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Thomas Kornberg
St Louis, Missouri, USA

Thomas Bill Kornberg is an American biochemist who was the first person to purify and characterise DNA polymerase II and DNA polymerase III.[1][2] He is currently a Professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco working on Drosophila melanogaster development.

His father is Arthur Kornberg (born 1918), winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Medicine, and his older brother is Roger D. Kornberg (born 1947), winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


  1. Kornberg T, Gefter ML (1972). "Deoxyribonucleic acid synthesis in cell-free extracts. IV. Purification and catalytic properties of deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase III". J. Biol. Chem. 247 (17): 5369–75. PMID 4560196.
  2. Kornberg T, Gefter ML (1971). "Purification and DNA synthesis in cell-free extracts: properties of DNA polymerase II". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 68 (4): 761–4. PMID 4927672.


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