Warwick Hillier: a tribute

Abstract

Warwick Hillier (October 18, 1967–January 10, 2014) made seminal contributions to our understanding of photosynthetic water oxidation employing membrane inlet mass spectrometry and FTIR spectroscopy. This article offers a collection of historical perspectives on the scientific impact of Warwick Hillier’s work and tributes to the personal impact his life and ideas had on his collaborators and colleagues.

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Abbreviations

ANU:

Australian National University

FTIR:

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

MSU:

Michigan State University

OEC:

Oxygen evolving complex of PSII, also known as WOC

PsbO:

Manganese stabilizing protein of PSII

PSII-WOC:

Photosystem II water oxidizing complex

RSB:

Research School of Biology

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Acknowledgments

We sincerely thank all colleagues, Sari Hillier, and the Hillier family for contributing recollections and photographs, and Govindjee for the invitation to prepare this tribute and for his editing the final draft.

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Messinger, J., Debus, R. & Dismukes, G.C. Warwick Hillier: a tribute. Photosynth Res 122, 1–11 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-014-0025-5

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Keywords

  • Bicarbonate
  • FTIR
  • Isotopes
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Oxygenic photosynthesis
  • Photosystem II