<x-charset iso-8859-1>December 15, 2002
I wish you all happy holidays. I hope you will enjoy them as I hope to do
myself. I also wish you all a very happy New Year starting January 1,
2003. My message for this year follows.
I am delighted to announce the publication of Part 1 of the =ECHistory
Issues=EE. Currently, Tom Beatty, Howard Gest and I are preparing Part 2 o=
these issues (with about 38 or more authors). These issues will culminate
in Part 3 (that will include atomic level structures of key proteins).
Minireviews on many topics are great reading for students and faculty
The special issue of =ECPhotosynthesis Research=EE (Celebrating the
Millennium: Historical Highlights of Photosynthesis Research, Part 1) has
now been published as Volume 73 (2002) of the journal. It was edited by
myself (Govindjee) and Professor Howard Gest.
It is available free to paid members of ISPR (International Society of
Photosynthesis Research) at:
can also have free access if your library subscribes to its electronic
copy. Finally, you can also visit the site of Kluwer Academic
at http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0166-8595 .
Volume 73 of Photosynthesis Research begins with a quotation of Joseph
Priestley (1771) and Hans Molisch (1907) on the cover; it includes an
announcement of the death of Martin Kamen (1913-2002; co-discoverer of
C-14), and of George Porter (1920-2002; 1967 Nobel-laureate in
Chemistry). This is followed by 300 pages of wonderful historical
minireviews (about 38) of photosynthesis research with many personal
stories, color plates; and photographs of scientists. Both oxygenic and
anoxygenic photosynthesis are covered. Minireviews on almost all major
aspects of photosynthesis research are available as you can judge from
the names of the authors (in order of appearance): Howard Gest; David
Krogmann; Andy Benson; Jack Myers; Ralph Lewin; Barry Marrs; David
Walker; Rod Clayton; (late) Jan Amesz (& S. Neerken); Andr=C8
Gerhart Drews (& Bob Niedermann); Sam Kaplan; Tom Beatty;
Paul Ludden (&
Gary Roberts); Bob Pearlstein; Steve Brody; Mamo Mimuro; John Allen;
Robert Porra; Jan Anderson; Ren=C8 Delosme(& Pierre Joliot);
Alan Stemler; Jack van Rensen; Nathan Nelson (& A. Ben-Shem); Bacon Ke;
Bob Buchanan (with P. Sch=B8rmann, R.A. Wolosiuk and J.P.
Heber; Andr=C8 Jagendorf; Sam Wildman; Hal Hatch; Archie Portis(& M.E.
Salvucci); Hans Heldt; Pierre Bennoun; S.V. Shestakov; Jean-David
Rochaix; and Yaro Kouchkovsky.
I hope you will enjoy Part 1 and provide us feedback so that we can serve
you better in Part 2 and Part 3.
The editors and authors thank David Knaff for his leadership; Jacco
=46lipsen for his support ; and most importantly Ellen Girmscheid for her
hardwork as production editor.
I remain at your service,
Editor, Historical Corner, Photosynthesis Research
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Plant Biology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign