Tribute in memory of Jacques Breton (1942–2018)

  • Paul MathisEmail author
  • Eliane Nabedryk
  • André Verméglio
History and Biography


Jacques Breton spent his 39 years of professional life at Saclay, a center of the French Atomic Energy Commission. He studied photosynthesis with various advanced biophysical tools, often developed by himself and his numerous coworkers, obtaining a large number of new information on the structure and the functioning of antenna and of reaction centers of plants and bacteria: excitation migration in the antenna, orientation of molecules, rate of primary reactions, binding of pigments and electron transfer cofactors. Although it is much too short to illustrate his impressive work, we hope that this contribution will help maintaining the souvenir of Jacques Breton as an active and enthusiastic person, full of qualities, devoted to research and to his family as well. We include personal comments from N. E. Geacintov, A. Dobek, W. Leibl, M. Vos and W. W. Parson.


Photosynthetic bacteria Plant photosynthesis Orientation of pigments and protein alpha-helices Infrared spectroscopy Photovoltage Femtosecond spectroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Mathis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eliane Nabedryk
    • 2
  • André Verméglio
    • 3
  1. 1.Section de BioénergétiqueCEA SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Service de Bioénergétique Biologie Structurale et MécanismesCEA SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Bioénergétique CellulaireCEA CadaracheSaint-Paul-lez-DuranceFrance

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