Honoring Bacon Ke at 100: a legend among the many luminaries and a highly collaborative scientist in photosynthesis research.


Govindjee G(1), Shen YK(2), Zhu XG(3), Mi H(2), Ogawa T(4).
Author information:
(1)Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry and the Center of Biophysics & Quantitative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Urbana, IL, 61801, USA. [Email]
(2)National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 200032, China.
(3)Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 200031, China.
(4), Kamisaginomiya 3-17-11, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, 165-0031, Japan.


Bacon Ke, who did pioneering research on the primary photochemistry of photosynthesis, was born in China on July 26, 1920, and currently, he is living in a senior home in San Francisco, California, and is a centenarian. To us, this is a very happy and unique occasion to honor him. After providing a brief account of his life, and a glimpse of his research in photosynthesis, we present here "messages" for Bacon Ke@ 100 from: Robert Alfano (USA), Charles Arntzen (USA), Sandor Demeter (Hungary), Richard A. Dilley (USA), John Golbeck (USA), Isamu Ikegami (Japan), Ting-Yun Kuang (China), Richard Malkin (USA), Hualing Mi (China), Teruo Ogawa (Japan), Yasusi Yamamoto (Japan), and Xin-Guang Zhu (China).