Photosynthesis Research

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Vyacheslav (Slava) Klimov (1945–2017): A scientist par excellence, a great human being, a friend, and a Renaissance man

  • Suleyman I. AllakhverdievEmail author
  • Sergey K. Zharmukhamedov
  • Margarita V. Rodionova
  • Vladimir A. Shuvalov
  • Charles Dismukes
  • Jian-Ren Shen
  • James Barber
  • Göran Samuelsson
  • GovindjeeEmail author


Vyacheslav Vasilevich (V.V.) Klimov (or Slava, as most of us called him) was born on January 12, 1945 and passed away on May 9, 2017. He began his scientific career at the Bach Institute of Biochemistry of the USSR Academy of Sciences (Akademy Nauk (AN) SSSR), Moscow, Russia, and then, he was associated with the Institute of Photosynthesis, Pushchino, Moscow Region, for about 50 years. He worked in the field of biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis. He is known for his studies on the molecular organization of photosystem II (PSII). He was an eminent scientist in the field of photobiology, a well-respected professor, and, above all, an outstanding researcher. Further, he was one of the founding members of the Institute of Photosynthesis in Pushchino, Russia. To most, Slava Klimov was a great human being. He was one of the pioneers of research on the understanding of the mechanism of light energy conversion and of water oxidation in photosynthesis. Slava had many collaborations all over the world, and he is (and will be) very much missed by the scientific community and friends in Russia as well as around the World. We present here a brief biography and some comments on his research in photosynthesis. We remember him as a friendly and enthusiastic person who had an unflagging curiosity and energy to conduct outstanding research in many aspects of photosynthesis, especially that related to PSII.


Biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis Pheophytin P680 Bicarbonate Carbonic anhydrase Photosystem II 



To begin with, we express our heartfelt gratitude to Larisa Klimova, wife of Slava Klimov, for her wonderful “Reminescence” of Slava, and for providing us many wonderful photographs—without which this Tribute would have been incomplete. Further, we thank Ivan Proskuryakov for providing us the English translation of the text of Larisa Klimova (in Russian), for reading the entire text, and for making several corrections. We are highly thankful to Tatyana Savchenko, Johannes Messinger, and Dmitriy Shevela for their wonderful and detailed Reminiscences. We are also grateful to Andrey Khorobrykh for providing several photographs and for checking this manuscript. Our special thanks go to William W. Adams III for editing this manuscript, and to Barbara Demmig-Adams for accepting this manuscript and for her wonderful comments on this tribute.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Sergey K. Zharmukhamedov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Margarita V. Rodionova
    • 2
  • Vladimir A. Shuvalov
    • 1
    • 4
  • Charles Dismukes
    • 5
  • Jian-Ren Shen
    • 6
  • James Barber
    • 7
  • Göran Samuelsson
    • 8
  • Govindjee
    • 9
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Basic Biological ProblemsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Plant PhysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Bionanotechnology Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyAzerbaijan National Academy of SciencesBakuAzerbaijan
  4. 4.Faculty of BiologyM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  5. 5.Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  6. 6.Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, Graduate School of Natural Science and TechnologyOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan
  7. 7.Department of Life SciencesImperial CollegeLondonUK
  8. 8.Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science CentreUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  9. 9.Department of Biochemistry, Department of Plant Biology, and Center of Biophysics & Quantitative BiologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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