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The paths of Andrew A. Benson: a radio-autobiography

Govindjee, Karl Y. Biel, Arthur M. Nonomura, Barry Holtz, George Lorimer, Robert Cooney

Abstract

Andrew A. Benson, one of the greatest biochemists of our time, is celebrated on his centennial by the authors with whom he interacted performing experiments or contemplating metabolic pathways in a wide range of biological kingdoms. He charted the chemical flow of energy in cells, tissues, organs, plants, animals, and ecosystems. Benson collaborated with hundreds of colleagues to examine the natural history of autotrophy, mixotrophy, and heterotrophy while elucidating metabolic pathways. We present here a biological perspective of his body of studies. Benson lived from September 24, 1917, to January 16, 2015. Out of over 1000 autoradiograms he produced in his life, he left a legacy of 50 labeled autoradiograms to the authors who tell the story of his life’s work that resulted in Benson’s Protocol (Nonomura et al., Photosynth Res 127:369–378, 2016) that has been applied, over the years, for the elucidation of major metabolic pathways by many scientists.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11120-017-0410-y

DOI: 10.1007/s11120-017-0410-y

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