Charles F. Kettering Award

This award was established by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation in 1962 to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. It is a monetary award to be given in even-numbered years to an individual for meritorious work in photosynthesis. ASPB membership is not required.

2018 Winner: Manajit Hayer-Hartl

Manajit Hayer-Hartl (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry) is recognized with the 2018 Kettering Award for her insights into chloroplast protein-chaperone biology and helping to advance many aspects of the field photosynthesis, including solving many of the long-standing and modern challenges associated with Rubisco research. Manajit’s work has dramatically advanced and reinvigorated interest in studying Rubisco due to her pioneering achievements in understanding the biogenesis and maintenance of Rubisco activity. These accomplishments have led to the successful assembly of plant Rubisco in E. coli, an achievement that had eluded many prominent scientists for nearly 50 years.


Don Ort, Chair (2015-2020)
Manajit Hayer-Hartyl, Past Winner (2019-2020)
Andreas Weber (2015-2020)
Elizabeth (Lisa) Ainsworth (2017-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Charles F. Kettering Award will be offered again in 2020. Please check the nominations page in January 2020 to make a nomination.

Past Winners
2016 David Kramer

2014 Susanne von Caemmerer

2012 Stephen Long

2010 Sabeeha Merchant

2008 Robert Blankenship

2006 Donald Ort

2004 Richard Malkin

2002 Gerald E. Edwards

2000 *Gerald T. Babcock

1998 Bob B. Buchanan

1996 William A. Cramer

1994 Richard E. McCarty

1992 Antony Crofts

1990 *George M. Cheniae

1988 *Norman E. Good

1986 William L. Ogren

1984 *Daniel I. Arnon

1980 *Hugo Kortschak,

M. D. Hatch, C. R. Slack

1978 André T. Jagendorf

1976 Horst Tobias Witt

1974 *Jack Edgar Myers

1972 *Bessel Kok

1970 Pierre Joliot

1968 Martin D. Kamen

1967 *Eugene I. Rabinowitch

1966 *Cornelis B. van Niel

1965 *Hans Gaffron

1964 L.N.M. Duysens

1963 William A. Arnold

1962 *Robert Hill