Govindjee’s 90th birthday: a life dedicated to photosynthesis

Alexandrina Stirbet, Dmitry Shevela, Ashwani Pareek, Sushma Naithani, Lars Olof Björn, Julian J. Eaton-Rye, Arthur Nonomura

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We celebrate Govindjee, Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. He is renowned for his pioneering work in the discovery of the two-light reactions and two photosystems, PSI and PSII, leading to the Z-scheme of the electron transport chain; and for breakthrough advances in oxygenic photosynthesis. Govindjee’s publications have been cited over 26,000 times. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, USA; National Academy of Agriculture Science, India; and National Academy of Sciences, India; and beyond that, he has received many awards from scientific societies, most recently, the ISPR Lifetime Achievement Award, August 2022. As even today, Govindjee continues to actively contribute to the field, we highlight the major events in his colorful personal and rigorous scientific life with emphasis on the work done after his retirement, and as well, his prodigious accomplishments as teacher, editor, and science historian.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-557
Number of pages15
JournalPlant Physiology Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Botany

Free keywords

  • Govindjee
  • History of science
  • Light reactions of photosynthesis
  • Oxygenic photosynthesis
  • Z-scheme


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