Dr. Govindjee
PRAVASI FELLOW, ELECTED 2018

Born in Allahabad, India, on 24 October, 1933. Educated at the University of Allahabad : B.Sc., 1952; M.Sc. ,1954, and  at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1960.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and Center of Biophysics & Quantitative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA, 1999 to date.

Lecturer in Botany, University of Allahabad, 1954-56; Fulbright Scholar and Graduate Fellow University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 1956-60; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Health, USA, 1960-61; Assistant Professor, UIUC, 1961-65; Associate  Professor, UIUC, 1965-1969; Professor, UIUC, 1969-99.

Awards/Honours: Distinguished Lecturer of the School of Life Sciences, UIUC (1978); President of the American Society for Photobiology (1980–1981); Fulbright Awardee (1956, 1997, 2012); Honorary President of the 2004 International Photosynthesis Congress (Montre´al, Canada); recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rebeiz Foundation for Excellence in Basic Biology, 2006; recipient of the Communication Award of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, 2007; and of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award of the UIUC, 2008. Honored at his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays, by special issues of Photosynthesis Research; Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, and Photosynthetica, respectively. Also honored, with International  Symposia,  at the University of Indore (2008)  and at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (2002). Prof. B.M. Johri Memorial Award of the Society of Plant Research, India, 2016; honored at University of Hyderabad (2017) (8th International Conference on “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability”); and at Rajasthan University, Udaipur (2017) (National Symposium on Photosynthesis).

Fellow: Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science, 1976; Fellow and Life member of the National Academy of Sciences (India), 1979

Research Areas: Basics and Applications of Plant and Algal Photosynthesis; Use of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in predicting plant performance and productivity; Photosynthesis Education

Address: Professor Emeritus, Plant Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 265 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA; 2401 S. Boudreau Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA; [Tel: Off. 1-217-333-1794; Res. 1-217-337-0627; Cell: 1-217-721-9954; Email: gov@illinois.edu; url: http://www.life.illinois.edu/govindjee]