Bicentenary homage to Dr Jan Ingen-Housz, MD (1730–1799), pioneer of photosynthesis research

  title={Bicentenary homage to Dr Jan Ingen-Housz, MD (1730–1799), pioneer of photosynthesis research},
  author={Howard Gest},
  journal={Photosynthesis Research},
  • H. Gest
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Photosynthesis Research
On September 7, 1999, the 200th anniversary of the death of Dr Jan Ingen-Housz was commemorated by ceremonies in Calne, England. Ingen-Housz discovered the action of light in photosynthesis in 1779, following Joseph Priestley's demonstration that green plants had the capacity to produce oxygen. Priestley's claim for priority in discovering the light requirement of photosynthesis is examined. 
Jan IngenHousz, or why don't we know who discovered photosynthesis?
This episode in the history of science can help to shine some light on the ingredients and processes that shape the development of science and paves the way for a fresh multidimensional approach in the philosophy of science: towards an "ecology of science".
Discoveries in Oxygenic Photosynthesis (1727–2003): A Perspective
This history begins with the observation of the English clergyman Stephen Hales that plants derive nourishment from the air and includes the definitive experiments in the 1960–1965 period establishing the two-photosystem and two-light reaction scheme of oxygenic photosynthesis.
Early Pioneers of Photosynthesis Research
Before the early researchers on plant nutrition worked out the fundamentals of photosynthesis, plants were believed to obtain their nutrients from humus in the soil. Then, over a period of about 200
Photosynthesis research in Greece: a historical snapshot (1960–2001)
The origin of photosynthesis research in Greece can be traced to the early 1960s, and the first dedicated laboratory was established by George Akoyunoglou in the Nuclear Reseach Center (now National
List of biography and history published mostly in Photosynthesis Research, 1988–2008
As an outgoing Editor of the Historical Corner of Photosynthesis Research, I present here the following list of papers of historical interest for the benefit of all. The first paper I published was:
Science and Worldviews in the Classroom: Joseph Priestley and Photosynthesis
This paper elaborates on the life and publications of Joseph Priestley, the eighteenth-century polymath. The paper outlines his particular place in the European Enlightenment; it stresses the
Vegetal Bedfellows: Houseplant Superstitions and Environmental Thought in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals
Abstract:Throughout the nineteenth century, British journalists wondered whether or not it was safe to sleep near potted plants. Known to alter indoor air quality through photosynthesis and
Pot experimental research under green house condition was carried out in Yogyakarta during March-Mei 2009. The aim of the experiment was to determine the influence of soil moisture on growth and
Solar Climate Features Taking into Account the Morphometric Conditions of the Area and the Possibility of Using Them in Heliotherapy on the Example of the Cieplice and Kołobrzeg Health Resorts (Poland)
Global solar radiation is an important atmospheric stimulus affecting the human body and has been used in heliotherapy for years. In addition to environmental factors, the effectiveness of global
Breath Biomarkers in Diagnostic Applications
This review outlines the concept of breath analysis in the context of these unique tests and their applications and discusses the respective breath biomarkers targeted in each test in relation to their physiological production in the human body and the development and implementation of the associated tests.


A 'misplaced chapter' in the history of photosynthesis research; the second publication (1796) on plant processes by Dr Jan Ingen-Housz, MD, discoverer of photosynthesis
  • H. Gest
  • Environmental Science
    Photosynthesis Research
  • 2004
The present paper describes the 1796 essay, which is particularly interesting in that it shows how Ingen-Housz's concepts were modified by new interpretations of chemical phenomena described in Lavoisier's great and revolutionary book Traité Élémentaire de Chimie (1789).
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) and His Discovery of Photosynthesis in 1771
The 18th century can be thought of as a germination time for many developments. These included the foundation of chemistry as an exact science, the origin of the United States of America and the
Sun-beams, cucumbers, and purple bacteria
  • H. Gest
  • Environmental Science
    Photosynthesis Research
  • 2004
Rapid progress in molecular biological and genetic studies of the membrane-bound reaction centers of purple bacteria indicate that current investigations are on the verge of revealing the detailed mechanisms by which energy conversion occurs in the reaction center of all photosynthetic organisms.
Photosynthesis and Related Processes
A material carrier movable over the ground and having automatic cycling feed mixer structure disposable in the container of the carrier to mix material carried therein. This construction includes
Jan Ingen-Housz. In: Gillispie CC (ed) Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol VII, pp 11–16
  • C Scribner’s
  • 1973
Jan Ingen-Housz : sein Leben und sein Wirken als Naturforscher und Arzt /
A Scientific Autobiography of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)