We provide here an edited version of the "Farewell discussion" by the late Aleksandr (Alex) Yuryevich (Yu) Borisov (1930-2019) on several aspects related to the excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic bacteria. It is preceded by a prolog giving the events that led to our decision to publish it. Further, we include here a few photographs to give a personal glimpse of this unique biophysicist of our time. In addition, we provide here a reminiscence, by Andrei B. Rubin, on the scientific beginnings of Borisov. This article follows a Tribute to Borisov by Semenov et al. (2019, Photosynthesis Research, this issue).
Keywords: Antenna; Bacteriochlorophyll; Förster theory; Primary photochemistry; Reaction center; Rhodospirillum rubrum; Singlet electronic excitation.
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