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


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


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



Phosphoglyceric acid


Ribulose bis-phosphate


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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