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|James A. Bassham|
November 26, 1922|
Sacramento, California, United States
|Died||November 19, 2012
El Cerrito, California, USA
|Institutions||Lawrence Radiation Laboratory|
|Alma mater||University of California|
|Known for||Work on photosynthesis|
He received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1945 from the University of California and his Ph.D. degree in 1949. His graduate studies were on the subject of carbon reduction during photosynthesis, working with Melvin Calvin in the Bio-Organic Chemistry Group of the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at the University of California. He continued his work as Associate Director of this group.
Besides his work on the basic carbon reduction cycle of photosynthesis, Bassham conducted research on the biosynthetic paths leading from the cycle to the thermodynamics and kinetics of the carbon paths and the factors that control the flow of material and energy in this metabolic network. He is coauthor (with Melvin Calvin) of "The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis". He died November 19, 2012.
- Pamela M. Kalte (2003). American men & women of science. Thomson/Gale. p. 377. ISBN 978-0-7876-6524-1.
- Bassham, James A. (2003). "Mapping the carbon reduction cycle: A personal retrospective". Photosynthesis Research. 76 (1–3): 35–52. doi:10.1023/A:1024929725022. PMID 16228564.
- James Bassham's obituary
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