A list of personal perspectives with selected quotations, along with lists of tributes, historical notes, Nobel and Kettering awards related to photosynthesis

  • Govindjee 
  • David W. Krogmann
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 20)


The history of photosynthesis research can be found in original papers and books. However, a special history is available from the prefatory chapters and the personal perspectives of various researchers who published them in several journals over the last 40 years. We have compiled a list of such perspectives published since 1964. Selection is not easy, especially of authors who were not directly engaged in photosynthesis research; some are included for their special insights related to central issues in the study of photosynthesis. Our journal, Photosynthesis Research, contains other valuable historic data in the occasional tributes, obituaries and historical notes, that have been published. Lists of these items are included. This article ends by listing the Nobel prizes related to photosynthesis and the Kettering Awards for Excellence in Photosynthesis Research. Wherever possible, a web page address is provided. The web page addresses have been taken from the article ‘Photosynthesis and the Web: 2001’ by Larry Orr and Govindjee, available at and at

Key words

algae carbon-14 history of photosynthesis research photosynthesis plants 


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Note added in proof Additional Obituaries and Tributes (in order of appearance)


  1. Yocum CF, Ferguson-Miller S and Blankenship R (2002) Obituary of Gerald T. Babcock (1946–2000). Photosynth Res 68:89–94Google Scholar
  2. Hoff AJ and Aartsma TJ (2002) Obituary of Jan Amesz (1934–2001). Photosynth Res 71:1–4PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar


  1. Gest P, Lubitz W and Michel-Beyerle ME (eds) (2003) Structure-mechanism in photosynthesis. Dedicated to the memory of Professor Arnold Jan Hoff. Chem Phys 294: 221–527Google Scholar


  1. Senger H (2004) Tribute: in memory of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. André Pirson, a pioneer in photosynthesis and a dedicated academic teacher. Photosynth Res 82: 111–114PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar


  1. de Kouchkovsky Y and Cerovic ZG (2005) Jean-Marie Briantais (1936–2004), a friend and a champion of interactive and integrative research. Photosynth Res 83: 1–3PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Jankowiak R and Seibert M (2005) Remembering Gerald J. Small (1941–2004) who tackled everything in life with an intense passion. Photosynth Res 83: 5–9PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Conn E, Pistorius E and Solomonson LP (2005) Remembering Birgit Vennesland (1913–2001), a great biochemist. Photosynth Res 83: 11–16PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  5. Drews G (2005) Contributions of Theodor Engelmann on phototaxis, chemotaxis and photosynthesis. Photosynth Res 83: 25–34PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar


  1. Murakami A and Mimuro M. Yoshihiko Fujita (1932–2005): a pioneer of photoregulation in cyanobacteria. Photosynth Res (in press)Google Scholar
  2. Thake B. Gordon Elliott (Tony) Fogg (1919–2005): pioneering plant physiologist, and gifted writer. Photosynth Res (in press)Google Scholar

Historical Corner Tributes

  1. Govindjee (2001) Our greetings to Olle Björkman, Christopher Field and Alexander Glazer. Photosynth Res 70: 241–243CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Siedow JN (2002) A biographical sketch of Charles F. Yocum: ‘It’s the biochemistry, stupid’. Photosynth Res 72: 123–130CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Buchanan B (2004) Peter Schürmann. Photosynth Res 79: 227–228PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Gadal P (2004) Myroslawa Miginiac-Maslow. Photosynth Res 79: 229–230PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Jacquot J-P (2004) Comments on the contributions of Myroslawa Miginiac-Maslow and Peter Schürmann to the light-dependent redox regulation of chloroplastic enzymes. Photosynth Res 79: 231–232PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Black CC and Mayne BC (2006) Allan H. Brown (1917–2004), editor and educator: a career of fascination with the biological roles of O in terrestrial life and possibly in extra-terrestrial life. Photosynth Res (in press)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Govindjee 
    • 1
  • David W. Krogmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Biochemistry and Plant Biology, and Center of Biophysics and Computational BiologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Biochemistry DepartmentPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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