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Remembering George Feher (1924–2017)
- Okamura, Melvin Y., Lubitz, Wolfgang, Allen, James P.
- Photosynthesis research 2018 v.137 no.3 pp. 361-375
- autotrophs, energy, photosynthesis, students
- We provide a tribute to George Feher, one of the founding scientists in the use of biophysical techniques to probe photosynthetic complexes, especially the bacterial reaction center. His early life is briefly reviewed followed by a description of the impact of his 30 years of photosynthesis research. We describe his pioneering work in bacterial photosynthesis that helped to provide a detailed picture of the molecular events responsible for light energy capture and the subsequent electron and proton transfer events in photosynthetic organisms. These studies had a profound and lasting impact on our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis. We also include some personal comments from his former students and colleagues.