List of biography and history published mostly in Photosynthesis Research, 1988–2008

  title={List of biography and history published mostly in Photosynthesis Research, 1988–2008},
  journal={Photosynthesis Research},
  • Govindjee
  • Published 31 January 2009
  • History
  • Photosynthesis Research
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: Govindjee (1988) The Discovery of Chlorophyll–protein Complex by Emil L. Smith during 1937–1941. Photosynth Res 16:285–289. In order to bring to the readers this List of references on the historical papers published in this journal (and some even elsewhere), I have organized these papers under the… 

Photosynthetic potential of planets in 3 : 2 spin–orbit resonances

Abstract Photosynthetic life requires sufficient photosynthetically active radiation to metabolize. On Earth, plant behaviour, physiology and metabolism are sculpted around the night–day cycle by an

We remember those who left us in the recent past.

Here, it is remembered briefly, with just a few words, a few scientists who left us during 2016–2018.



A List of Photosynthesis Conferences and of Edited Books in Photosynthesis

  • Govindjee
  • Environmental Science
    Photosynthesis Research
  • 2004
This paper is a general appendix to the three parts of 'Celebrating the millennium — historical highlights of photosynthesis research' (Photosynthesis Research, Vols~73(2002), 76(2003), 80(2004)).

Celebrating 20 years of historical papers in Photosynthesis Research★

This Editorial has four goals: to inform the readers of ‘Photosynthesis Research’ about the past of the ‘Historical corner’, and to reinforce to the readers that the concept of two-light reaction and two-pigment system was already there in 1959.

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.

Celebrating the millennium – historical highlights of photosynthesis research, Part 2

This paper is an introduction to Part 2 of our celebrations of the historical highlights of photosynthesis research. Part 1 was published in October 2002 as Volume 73 of Photosynthesis Research.

Photosynthesis research in Italy: a review

This historical review deals with the research on photosynthesis performed in several Italian laboratories during the last 50 years; it includes research done, in collaboration, at several international laboratories, particularly USA, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, and Austria.

Celebrating the Millennium: Historical Highlights of Photosynthesis Research, Part 3

This paper introduces the third and final part of the 'millennium celebrations of historical highlights of photosynthesis research'; considers the legacy of Alfred Nobel; and identifies Nobel prizes of special relevance to understanding the capture, conversion, and storage of light energy in both anoxygenic and oxygenic photosynthesis.

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).

Twenty years of biophysics of photosynthesis in Padova, Italy (1984–2005): A tale of two brothers

The history of two brothers, almost a generation apart in age, who met again, after having followed different academic paths, to introduce biophysical research in photosynthesis at the University of Padova, leading to a comprehensive interdisciplinary group across academic barriers.

The International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR) and its associated International Congress on Photosynthesis (ICP): a pictorial report

Some thoughts on the origin of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research are presented and recollections on ISPR and the Congresses from all the readers of the events during the 1992–1998 period are sought.

Andrew A. Benson

This Special Issue of Photosynthesis Research is dedicated to Professor Andrew A. Benson, one of the leading plant biologists of the twentieth century, on the occasion of his 90th birthday (September