Remembering Navasard V. Karapetyan (1936–2015)

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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.

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Acknowledgements

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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This tribute was read, edited and accepted by Thomas D. Sharkey, Associate Editor, Photosynthesis Research. He wrote: This is a nice tribute; it gives nicely a sense of Navasard as a wonderful person, and his importance to photosynthesis.

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Yurina, N.P., Popov, V.O., Krasnovsky, A.A. et al. Remembering Navasard V. Karapetyan (1936–2015). Photosynth Res 132, 221–226 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-017-0361-3

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Keywords

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