Professor Andrew A. Benson: inspirational mentor
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An active sea-going scientist, Professor Andrew A. Benson has an acclaimed reputation for innovative biochemistry, whether he is studying the path of carbon in photosynthesis, the lipid metabolism of biological membranes, the metabolism of arsenic in aquatic plants or calcitonin production in spawning salmon—to name only four of his thousand interests! He infects everyone whom he meets with his enthusiasm for scientific exploration, and the joys of discovery, whether his own or that of others. This engagement with others has allowed him to become a truly memorable mentor, particularly among the Australian science community, and he is treasured for it.
Back in the early 1960s, after working with pioneers in radioactive carbon in the UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Radiation Laboratory to isolate the first products of carbon dioxide fixation in photosynthesis (Benson 2002)—truly brilliant achievements—Professor Benson moved to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at La Jolla, California,...
KeywordsDinoflagellate Great Barrier Reef Plastid Genome Peridinin Diadinoxanthin
Thanks are due to Ms. Denise Schilling for typing the manuscript, Ms. Louise Bell for preparation of the figures and Dr. Greg Ayers, Chief of the CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research for valued support.
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