Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 137, Issue 3, pp 361–375 | Cite as

Remembering George Feher (1924–2017)

  • Melvin Y. OkamuraEmail author
  • Wolfgang Lubitz
  • James P. Allen
History and Biography


We provide a tribute to George Feher, one of the founding scientists in the use of biophysical techniques to probe photosynthetic complexes, especially the bacterial reaction center. His early life is briefly reviewed followed by a description of the impact of his 30 years of photosynthesis research. We describe his pioneering work in bacterial photosynthesis that helped to provide a detailed picture of the molecular events responsible for light energy capture and the subsequent electron and proton transfer events in photosynthetic organisms. These studies had a profound and lasting impact on our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis. We also include some personal comments from his former students and colleagues.


Photosynthetic bacteria Reaction centers Rhodobacter sphaeroides Electron paramagnetic resonance Electron-nuclear double resonance Electron transfer Proton transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy ConversionMülheim an der RuhrGermany
  3. 3.School of Molecular SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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