Professor Bill Rutherford FRS

Chair in Biochemistry of Solar Energy, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

Professor Bill Rutherford FRS

Bill Rutherford has made seminal contributions that provided deep insights into the structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centres, in particular Photosystem II (PSII). He was the first to propose that PSII had the same basic structure as the simpler, non-oxygenic purple bacterial reaction centre. This key conceptual change became accepted thanks to his important experimental contributions. He went on to discover key features of PSII that differentiate it from other reaction centres. The current understanding of PSII owes a great deal to his incisive experiments and thinking.

Light, life, energy, redox tuning and sustainability (MP3)
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