Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award

This is the oldest award, established in 1925 at the first annual meeting of the Society through the generosity of Dr. Charles A. Shull. It honors Dr. Charles Reid Barnes, the first professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago. It is an annual award for meritorious work in plant biology; it provides a life membership in the Society to an individual who is at least sixty years old. Membership is a requirement for the award, and, if appropriate, every fifth award should be made to an outstanding plant biologist from outside the United States.

2019 Winner: Bob Buchanan

Bob Buchanan (University of California, Berkeley) has made extraordinary contributions to plant biology through his research and service. Bob’s seminal work uncovered the central regulatory role of thioredoxin in linking the activity of critical enzymes of the photosynthetic carbon reduction cycle to light. This work resulted from his discovery of a new pathway of carbon fixation in bacteria that involved a direct role for reduced ferredoxin generated through the light reactions of photosynthesis. These groundbreaking discoveries led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, as President of the American Society of Plant Biologists, Bob has made many outstanding contributions via his service to the field, including leading the development of the successful textbook Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants. Bob is among a handful of plant biologists who helped define his own generation of plant biologists and launched the next generation of scholars. There are few who are as deserving of the 2019 Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award as Bob Buchanan.

Tuan-hua David Ho, Chair (2019-2022)
Bob Buchanan (2019-2020), past winner
Deborah Delmer (2018-2021), past winner
Dean DellaPenna (2017-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison