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. 2020 Jan;143(1):1-11.
doi: 10.1007/s11120-019-00693-y. Epub 2019 Dec 2.

Remembering Melvin Calvin (1911-1997), a Highly Versatile Scientist of the 20th Century

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Remembering Melvin Calvin (1911-1997), a Highly Versatile Scientist of the 20th Century

Govindjee Govindjee et al. Photosynth Res. .

Abstract

Melvin Calvin (1911-1997) was the recipient of the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the canonical photosynthetic carbon reduction cycle. We present here a very brief glimpse of this extraordinary American scientist, who in his time was a preeminent force in physical and organic chemistry. Besides natural photosynthesis, Calvin's prolific career included artificial photosynthesis, colors of organic substances, the origin of life, cancer, moon rocks, molecular basis of learning, and plant lipids & algal hydrocarbons as potential renewable sources of transport fuels.

Keywords: American ingenuity; Andrew A. Benson; Calvin Lab; Carbon reduction cycle; James A. Bassham; Mr. Photosynthesis.

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