Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 132, Issue 3, pp 221–226 | Cite as

Remembering Navasard V. Karapetyan (1936–2015)

  • Nadezhda P. YurinaEmail author
  • Vladimir O. Popov
  • Alexander A. KrasnovskyJr.
  • Govindjee


Navasard Vaganovich Karapetyan (September 6, 1936—March 6, 2015) began his scientific career at the Bach Institute of Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and was associated with this institute for over 56 years. He worked in the area of biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis and was especially known for his studies on chlorophyll a fluorescence in higher plants and cyanobacteria, molecular organization of Photosystem I, photoprotective energy dissipation, and dynamics of energy migration in the two photosystems. We present here a brief biography and comments on the work of Navasard Karapetyan. We remember him as an enthusiastic person who had an unflagging curiosity, energy and profound sincere interest in many aspects of photosynthesis research.


Biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis Antenna Long-wavelength absorbing chlorophyll a P700 Reaction center Fluorescence quenching Photosystem I Cyanobacteria 



We thank all the friends and colleagues of Navasard who contributed to this Tribute. We are indebted to the entire family of Navasard Karapetyan for information on his early life and grateful to Vyacheslav Klimov, Matthias Rögner and Eberhard Schlodder for presenting their own remembrances and photographs to this Tribute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadezhda P. Yurina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vladimir O. Popov
    • 1
  • Alexander A. KrasnovskyJr.
    • 1
  • Govindjee
    • 2
  1. 1.Bach Institute of BiochemistryResearch Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and Center of Biophysics & Quantitative BiologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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