Memoirs Sir Leslie Fowden 13 October 1925 to 16 December 2008

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Fowden, L., Fowden, A. L., Anderson, J. W. and Lea, P. 2021. Memoirs Sir Leslie Fowden 13 October 1925 to 16 December 2008. in: Royal Society Publishing.

AuthorsFowden, L., Fowden, A. L., Anderson, J. W. and Lea, P.

Professor Sir Leslie Fowden was an organic chemist and one of the most influential plant scientists of his generation. He pioneered the new field of phytochemistry and was the world
authority on plant amino acids. He was distinguished for the identification, characterization and biological function of a new category of nitrogen containing molecules in plants, the non protein amino acids. During his research career, he isolated at least 50 of these compounds from a wide range of different plant genera and established their structural diversity, metabolic and toxic functions, and their scientific significance. In achieving this, he developed novel techniques for the rapid, quantitative separation of compounds by chromatography and electrophoresis, which were widely adopted in other disciplines. As Director of Rothamsted Experimental Station, he opened up new areas of research in plant biochemistry and molecular biology, and became an effective voice for the importance of agricultural research in the UK. He provided strategic leadership in the translational application of plant biochemistry to the
agrichemical industry and to global crop resistance and production. His discoveries established the complexity and central role of plant nitrogen metabolism in plant growth and laid the foundations for current research in plant sciences aimed at improving both food security and the nutritional value of plants

Year of Publication2021
PublisherRoyal Society Publishing
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Online30 Jun 2021
JournalBiographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Journal citationpp. 1-26

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