CAS mourns the loss of Sir Hans Kornberg, a professor of biology and a beloved member of the BU Biology Department for 24 years. Hans Kornberg, born in 1928, fled to the United Kingdom from Nazi Germany at the age of 11. Dr. Kornberg studied in the Krebs Lab at the University of Sheffield, earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1953, and was later a professor of biochemistry at the University of Leicester. He was the Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, and later served as the 34th Master of Christ’s College and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the University of Cambridge. Upon retirement in 1995, Dr. Kornberg was invited to serve as Director of the Boston University University Professors Program (UNI), which he did until the program’s end in 2011. In addition to leading the UNI program, he was a professor of biology and taught biochemistry at BU for the past 24 years. You can read more about his work and legacy here.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers in Hans’ memory to the Hans Kornberg travel prize at Christ’s College, Cambridge, England. For online guestbook and directions to services on December 20, please visit Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home.