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.
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The black-and-white photograph of Professor Benson was reprinted with permission from the Annual Review of Plant Biology, Vol. 53, 2002 by Annual Reviews. The authors thank Arthur Nonomura for providing key information on Andrew Benson’s life and contributions made in the latter part of his career and his assistance in editing the manuscript.
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Lichtenthaler, H.K., Buchanan, B.B., Douce, R. et al. Andrew A. Benson, 1917–2015. Photosynth Res 124, 131–135 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-015-0119-8
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