Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 129, Issue 2, pp 129–146 | Cite as

Remembering Joan (Jan) Mary Anderson (1932–2015)

  • Wah Soon ChowEmail author
  • Peter Horton
  • Martin Barrett
  • Charles Barry Osmond
History and Biography


Joan Mary Anderson, known to most people as Jan, was born on May 12, 1932 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She died on August 28, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. To celebrate her life, we present here a brief biography, some comments on her discoveries in photosynthesis during a career spanning more than half a century, and reminiscences from family and friends. We remember this wonderful person who had an unflagging curiosity, creative ability to think laterally, enthusiasm, passion, generosity and love of color and culture.


Bertil Andersson Keith Boardman Lateral heterogeneity Molecular organization of thylakoids Photosystems Stoichiometry of photosystems 



We are very grateful to all of Jan’s friends (in alphabetical order: Bertil Andersson; Eva-Mari Aro; Jim Barber; Chris Barrett; Keith Boardman; John Evans; Govindjee; Tony Larkum; Tasso Melis; G. Oquist; and Bob Porra) who contributed their reminiscences. The other three co-authors particularly want to thank Martin Barrett for providing scans of photos of Jan, some of which had never been seen by us. We also thank Cornelia Büchen-Osmond, Duncan Fitzpartick, Govindjee and Geoff Wilson for taking some of the photographs included here.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wah Soon Chow
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peter Horton
    • 2
  • Martin Barrett
    • 3
  • Charles Barry Osmond
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plant Sciences, Research School of BiologyThe Australian National UniversityActonAustralia
  2. 2.Grantham Centre for Sustainable FuturesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  3. 3.KingstonAustralia

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