In memory of Thomas Turpin Bannister (1930–2018)
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Tom Bannister (1930–2018) was an extraordinary person and a remarkably productive scientist. He began his career studying the basics of photochemistry, biophysics, and biology of photosynthetic pigments and later moved on to primary production of algae. His publications on modeling of primary production rates in aquatic systems are among the most widely cited in the field of phytoplankton ecology. His scientific enthusiasm was contagious, and his knowledge of photosynthesis and phytoplankton ecology enabled him to wisely mentor an impressive group of graduate students. He encouraged his students to strike out on their own but was always supportive and caring. Tom had a great love of life and nature, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. His students and those with whom he interacted remember him with great fondness. We have included here remembrances from some of us as well as from Rich Dempsey; Michael (Mike) Johnson; Stephen Lien; Janet Pelley; Bruce Selman; and Rudy Slovacek.
KeywordsPhotosynthesis Modeling Light Nutrients Chlorophyll a fluorescence Oxygenic photosynthesis Phytoplankton ecology Limnology
We are very grateful to many who have helped us in collecting information on Tom and his research. The list is too long, but it includes Curtis Degasperi and Melissa S. Mead (University Archivist and Rochester Collections Librarian) of the University of Rochester; Ms. Mead provided us necessary information on the “Collected Works of Thomas T. Bannister”, produced in 1997 at the time of his retirement from the University. Govindjee thanks Rajni Govindjee, George Papageorgiou, and John Munday for reading an early draft of a part of this Tribute. Finally, all the authors are highly thankful to Robert Blankenship, Editor of this Tribute, for his valuable help in getting it reviewed and for getting it into production.
The preparation of this manuscript was supported by personal funds of the authors.
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- Bannister TT (1963c) Les proprietes physiques et photochimiques de la chlorophylle colloidale. Physiol Vegetale 1:115–127Google Scholar
- Bannister TT (1974a) Production equations in terms of chlorophyll concentration, quantum yield, and upper limit to production. Limnol Oceanogr 19:1–12 (reprinted in Tyler JE (1978) Light in the sea. Benchmark papers in optics. Wiley)Google Scholar
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