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Trailblazer on the Path to Photosynthesis

Melvin Calvin
March 2013 is the 65th anniversary of the first in a series of over 20 publications that reflect the exploration of the path of carbon in photosynthesis, the process by which plants capture energy from the sun. Spanning decades, this exploration eventually led to Department of Energy (DOE) research into solar energy. The trailblazer who led this exploration was Melvin Calvin, a chemist at the University of California Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (read more at the DOE R&D Accomplishments Blog).