Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 124, Issue 2, pp 131–135 | Cite as

Andrew A. Benson, 1917–2015

  • Hartmut K. Lichtenthaler
  • Bob B. Buchanan
  • Roland Douce
  • Govindjee
Tribute

Abstract

On January 16, 2015, Professor Andrew Alm Benson, one of the leading plant biochemists of the twentieth century, died in La Jolla, California, at the age of 97; he was born on September 24, 1917. Benson was known especially for his pioneering studies on photosynthesis (CO2 assimilation, carbon reduction cycle) and plant lipids (phospholipid phosphatidyl glycerol; and the sulfolipid, sulfoquinovosyl diglyceride). A photograph of Benson is shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 1

Photograph of Andrew A. Benson. Source: Annual Review of Plant Biology, Vol. 53, 2002, published with permission

Keywords

The path of carbon in photosynthesis Calvin–Benson cycle RuBP Rubisco Phosphoglycerate PGA Sulfolipid 

Abbreviations

PGA

Phosphoglyceric acid

RuBP

Ribulose bis-phosphate

Rubisco

Ribulose bis-phosphate carboxylase oxygenase

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut K. Lichtenthaler
    • 1
  • Bob B. Buchanan
    • 2
  • Roland Douce
    • 3
  • Govindjee
    • 4
  1. 1.Botanical Institute 2 (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Plants)Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), University DivisionKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Department of Plant & Microbial BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Université de Grenoble and CEAGrenoble Cedex 9France
  4. 4.Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and Center of Biophysics & Quantitative BiologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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