Dr. Govindjee Govindjee

Born in Allahabad, India, on 24 October 1933. Educated at the University of Allahabad. B.Sc., 1952; M.Sc.,1954, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1960.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and Center of Biophysics & Quantitative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA, 1999 to date.

Lecturer in Botany, University of Allahabad, 1954-56; Fulbright Scholar and Graduate Fellow University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 1956-60; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Health, USA, 1960-61; Assistant Professor, UIUC, 1961-65; Associate Professor, UIUC, 1965-69; Professor, UIUC, 1969-99.

Awards/Honours: Distinguished Lecturer of the School of Life Sciences, UIUC (1978); President of the American Society for Photobiology (1980-1981); Fulbright Awardee (1956, 1997, 2012); Honorary President of the 2004 International Photosynthesis Congress (Montre'al, Canada); recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rebeiz Foundation for Excellence in Basic Biology, 2006; recipient of the Communication Award of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, 2007; and of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award of the UIUC, 2008. Honored at his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays, by special issues of Photosynthesis Research; Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Photosynthetica, and by three journals (Plant Physiology Reports; International Journal of Life Science; and Current Biology), respectively. Also honored, with International Symposia, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (2002), and at the University of Indore (2008), with the Prof. B.M. Johri Memorial Award of the Society of Plant Research, India, 2016; and then, honored at the University of Hyderabad (2017) (8th International Conference on "Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability"); and at Rajasthan University, Udaipur (2017) (National Symposium on Photosynthesis). In 2022, Govindjee received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research.

Fellow: Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science, 1976; Fellow and Life member of the National Academy of Sciences (India), 1979

Research Areas: Basics and Applications of Plant, Algal and Cyanobacterial Photosynthesis; Use of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in predicting plant performance and productivity; Photosynthesis Education

Address: Professor Emeritus, Plant Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 286 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA; 2401 S. Boudreau Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA; [Tel: Off. 1-217-333-1794; Res. 1-217-337-0627; Cell: 1-217-721-9954; Email: gov@illinois.edu]