- It is with great sadness that we announce the parting of
Prof. Dr. L.N.M. Duysens,
emeritus at the Leiden Institute of Physics of Leiden University, on September 8, 2015, at the age of 94 years.
Lou Duysens received his PhD in physics at the University of Utrecht in 1952. His thesis on "Transfer of excitation energy in photosynthesis" initiated a new research field. After some years in the United States as a postdoctoral researcher he was appointed as lector at the physics department of Leiden University on October 1, 1956, and as full professor on January 1, 1962. There he built a highly successful biophysics group studying the mechanism of photosynthesis and won world-wide recognition for his work in this field. He retired in 1986.
The work of Lou Duysens has a prominent place in the history of discoveries in photosynthesis. For an overview of his research contributions, see The birth of the photosynthetic reaction center: the story of Lou Duysens by R. van Grondelle and H.J. van Gorkom, Photosynth. Res. 120: 3-7 (2014).
Publ. 11-09-2015 10:19