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Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 141, Issue 2, pp 143–150 | Cite as

Eugene I. Rabinowitch: A prophet of photosynthesis and of peace in the world

  • GovindjeeEmail author
  • George C. Papageorgiou
  • Rajni Govindjee
History and Biography

Abstract

More than 45 years have passed since Eugene I. Rabinowitch died, on May 15, 1973, at the age of 75, but many still remember him as a photosynthesis giant, the author of a 2000-page “Bible” on photosynthesis, a great chemist and physicist, a discoverer of several basic photoreactions, one of the founders of modern biophysics, a peacemaker, a poet, an architect, an artist, a wonderful human being, and above all a great mentor. Sir John Rotblatt cited Eugene Rabinowitch, together with Bertrand Russell, for their key contributions that led to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1995 jointly to Rotblatt and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs “for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms.” Already in 1965, Eugene Rabinowitch had received the prestigious Kalinga Prize from UNESCO “in recognition of his work to encourage international cooperation among scientists and to bring to light the potential dangers of science to the public.”

Keywords

James Franck Robert Emerson Chlorophyll Photogalvanic effect Difference absorption spectroscopy Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Kalinga Award 

Notes

Acknowledgment

We thank Barbara Zilinskas to have suggested changes in an earlier version of our manuscript that led to improvement of our presentation. We are equally grateful to Robert Blankenship and to Julian Eaton-Rye for important suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.National Centre of Scientific ResearchAthensGreece

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