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Schulten also weighed in on why the team of Ritz and Damjanović made remarkable achievements. Xiche Hu's work on the light-harvesting protein was the first time in Schulten's group that someone had worked on structural biology. “This structure determination was very new for us; but particularly relative to the structural biology, we were really excellent quantum biologists,” notes Schulten. This second hat that the team wore, of quantum physicists, was a natural one for Schulten's group to embrace since they could draw on years of experience, and this resulted in explanation of the quantum physics behind light harvesting in photosynthesis in the near-record time of about three years.

While the accomplishments of Förster and his famous equation came to Schulten naturally through Weller's lineage to Förster, Schulten is quick to point out that Förster was not the only one in the 1940s to wonder at the mechanism of excitation transfer between pigments in photosynthesis. The famous physicist Robert Oppenheimer, known for his work on the Manhattan Project during World War II, published in the minutes of the American Physical Society a brief abstract in 1941 entitled “Internal Conversion in Photosynthesis,” right before he got caught up with the war effort. In the abstract he addresses excitation transfer from certain pigments (namely, fluorescent dyes) to chlorophylls in photosynthetic algae, suggesting the transfer is a large-scale model of internal conversion of gamma rays. After the war, in a 1950 paper with William Arnold, the pair elaborated on the mechanism of excitation transfer between chlorophyll and phycocyanin, a pigment used as a dye. William Arnold had a background in physics and biology and had worked on experimental aspects of photosynthesis since the 1930s. Arnold had done some work to show that light absorbed by the pigment phycocyanin was transferred to chlorophylls instead of directly reducing carbon dioxide. When he told Oppenheimer about this finding, they set out to explain the mechanism of excitation transfer. While the pair discussed this idea of excitation transfer as internal conversion sometime around 1939 or 1940, they did not get around to publishing this explicitly until 1950, according to Arnold's autobiographical article.

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"… It is an outstanding assembly of more than 100 articles: of personal reflections, of methods and approaches, of dedications and obituaries of those involved in the unravelling of photosynthesis, …. The amount of information in these recollections is impressive in this book, and almost a complete source for references for a decisive time in a scientific field. … It is with nostalgic pleasure that I read and recall those years. This book is a mine for everybody who wants to know more than just pure facts and what is condensed into a few pages in the textbooks." (Professor Emeritus Achim Trebst, Bochum University, Bochum, Germany, February 2007)

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"Discoveries in Photosynthesis is a new edited volume out of the ‘Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration’ series … . It is the first comprehensive scholarly attempt to gather original materials in order to understand the long and complex history of photosynthesis research. … the volume is every inch as impressive as its important subject demands. … Its coverage and perspectives are equally vast … . It is, in short, a monumental effort." (Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Plant Science Bulletin, Vol. 53 (1), 2007)

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"Discoveries in Photosynthesis is a new edited volume out of the ‘Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration’ series … . It is the first comprehensive scholarly attempt to gather original materials in order to understand the long and complex history of photosynthesis research. … the volume is every inch as impressive as its important subject demands. … Its coverage and perspectives are equally vast … . It is, in short, a monumental effort." (Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Plant Science Bulletin, Vol. 53 (1), 2007)

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"Discoveries in Photosynthesis is easily among the most outstanding and valuable books published in the biological sciences in the last 100 years. … The book is richly illustrated with nearly 800 photographs. In addition, there are many diagrams, tables and other supplementary material. I do not know of any comparable effort in the plant sciences or even the broader area of biology. … Govindjee and his colleagues are to be congratulated for preparing this extraordinary book, indeed without a parallel." (S. C. Maheshwari, Current Science, Vol. 92 (2), January, 2007)

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"Discoveries in Photosynthesis is easily among the most outstanding and valuable books published in the biological sciences in the last 100 years. … The book is richly illustrated with nearly 800 photographs. In addition, there are many diagrams, tables and other supplementary material. I do not know of any comparable effort in the plant sciences or even the broader area of biology. … Govindjee and his colleagues are to be congratulated for preparing this extraordinary book, indeed without a parallel." (S. C. Maheshwari, Current Science, Vol. 92 (2), January, 2007)

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"… It is an outstanding assembly of more than 100 articles: of personal reflections, of methods and approaches, of dedications and obituaries of those involved in the unravelling of photosynthesis, …. The amount of information in these recollections is impressive in this book, and almost a complete source for references for a decisive time in a scientific field. … It is with nostalgic pleasure that I read and recall those years. This book is a mine for everybody who wants to know more than just pure facts and what is condensed into a few pages in the textbooks." (Professor Emeritus Achim Trebst, Bochum University, Bochum, Germany, February 2007)

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