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.

2020 Winner: Donald A. Bryant

Donald A. Bryant, the Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, is recognized with the 2020 Charles F. Kettering Award for his application of cutting-edge molecular methods to study chlorophototrophic bacteria—Cyanobacteria, Chloroflexi, Chlorobi, and Acidobacteria. Don’s seminal contributions over a five-decade career include elucidating the structure, function, and assembly of phycobilisomes, chlorosomes, and photosystem I and unraveling biosynthetic pathways for chlorophylls, bacteriochlorophylls, and carotenoids. Recent studies demonstrate that cyanobacteria extensively remodel their photosynthetic apparatus by synthesizing new chlorophylls, phycobiliproteins, and photosystems when grown in far-red light. Introduction of this capability into crop plants could increase plant productivity by expanding their light utilization into the 700–800 nm range.

David Somers, Chair (2021-2026)
Donald Bryant, Past Winner (2021-2022)
Jennifer Fletcher (2021-2026)
Thomas Sharkey (2021-2026)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison