David Alan Walker

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David Walker
Born David Alan Walker
(1928-08-18)18 August 1928
Kingston upon Hull
Died 12 February 2012(2012-02-12) (aged 83)
Fields Photosynthesis
Alma mater Durham University (BSc, PhD)
Doctoral advisor Meirion Thomas[1][2][3]
Influences Robin Hill[4]
Notable awards

David Alan Walker FRS[1][5] (18 August 1928 – 12 February 2012) was a British scientist and Professor of Photosynthesis in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (APS) at the University of Sheffield.[4][6][7][8][9][10] He authored over 200 scientific publications including several books during his lifetime.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]


Walker was born in Hull and attended South Shields Boys' High School from 1939 to 1946. After doing his national service in the Royal Naval Air Service, he studied at King’s College, Newcastle, then part of the Durham University, where he received his Bachelor of Science and subsequently his PhD.


Walker's research interests were in photosynthesis, specifically he:

Awards and honours[edit]

Walker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1976. His nomination reads:

In 2004, Walker received the International Society of Photosynthesis Research Communications Award "to acknowledge his outstanding efforts to communicate photosynthesis to the general public."[19] Walker was also awarded a Doctor of Science degree from Newcastle University in recognition of his exceptional contributions of published work in his field.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Horton, Peter (2014). "David Alan Walker 18 August 1928 -- 13 February 2012". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 60: 413–432. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2014.0007. 
  2. ^ "Botany at Newcastle on Tyne: Prof. Meirion Thomas, F.R.S". Nature. 186 (4730): 1016. 1960. doi:10.1038/1861016a0. 
  3. ^ Porter, H. K. (1978). "Meirion Thomas. 28 December 1894-5 April 1977". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 24: 547–568. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1978.0018. 
  4. ^ a b Walker, D. A. (1997). "Tell me where all past years are" (PDF). Photosynthesis Research. 51: 3–4. doi:10.1023/A:1005798803998. 
  5. ^ Royal Society (1999). List of Fellows of the Royal Society 1660-1998, p. 167.
  6. ^ Walker, D. A. (2007). "From Chlorella to chloroplasts: A personal note". Photosynthesis Research. 92 (2): 181–185. doi:10.1007/s11120-007-9139-3. PMID 17279437. 
  7. ^ Walker, D. A. (2003). "Chloroplasts in envelopes: CO(2) fixation by fully functional intact chloroplasts". Photosynthesis Research. 76 (1–3): 319–327. doi:10.1023/A:1024962328483. PMID 16228590. 
  8. ^ Walker, D. A.; Sivak, M. N. (1986). "Photosynthesis and phosphate: A cellular affair?". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 11 (4): 176–179. doi:10.1016/0968-0004(86)90136-2. 
  9. ^ "Notices 2012". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  10. ^ a b David Alan Walker's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  11. ^ Downloadable publications by David Alan Walker, FRS hosted by Hansatech Instruments for the International Society of Photosynthesis Research
  12. ^ Walker, Richard T.; Walker, David (1992). Energy, Plants and Man. Oxygraphics Ltd. ISBN 1-870232-05-4. 
  13. ^ David Alan Walker on WorldCat
  14. ^ Walker, D. A. (2009). "Biofuels, facts, fantasy, and feasibility". Journal of Applied Phycology. 21 (5): 509–517. doi:10.1007/s10811-009-9446-5. 
  15. ^ Foyer, Christine (1983). "Measurement of the ascorbate content of spinach leaf protoplasts and chloroplasts during illumination". Planta. 157 (3): 239–244. doi:10.1007/BF00405188. PMID 24264153. 
  16. ^ Heber, U; Walker, D (1992). "Concerning a dual function of coupled cyclic electron transport in leaves". Plant Physiology. 100 (4): 1621–6. doi:10.1104/pp.100.4.1621. PMC 1075843Freely accessible. PMID 16653176. 
  17. ^ Lilley, R. M.; Walker, D. A. (1974). "An improved spectrophotometric assay for ribulosebisphosphate carboxylase". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 358 (1): 226–9. doi:10.1016/0005-2744(74)90274-5. PMID 4368401. 
  18. ^ "EC/1979/38: Walker, David Alan". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-07-10. 
  19. ^ Royal Society (1999) p. 167; International Society of Photosynthesis Research Awards Presented at Montréal Congress - August 2004