A tribute to Giulio Jori on his 70th birthday
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A tribute to Giulio Jori on his 70th birthdayDOI: 10.1039/b914803p
Some colleagues from around the worldwould like to take this opportunity tohighlight a special occasion in the lifeof an internationally renowned photobi-ologist and photochemist, but most ofall in his capacity as a very dear friendand mentor to many. The occasion is the70th birthday of Giulio Jori, Professor atthe University of Padova, Department ofBiology, Padova, Italy. Giulio has a trailof excellent scientific achievements andmemorable occasions that have been andare still shared by themany friends and col-leagues who have had the benefit of walk-ing with Giulio on his never-ending pathof engagement and relentless enthusiasm.Pill-Soon Song remembers meeting Giuliowhen visiting with Professors L. Musajoand G. Rodighiero in the Faculty ofPharmacy at the University of Padova inthe early 1970s. So too can Jean Cadettrace his memories back to meeting Giulioalmost 30 years ago in Austin, Texas, atthe occasion of one of the first majorconferences devoted to oxygen and oxy-radicals in chemistry and biology. Apartfrom the many shared scientific interests,HerbertHonigsmann also claimsGiulio asa compatriot because of Giulios Austrianroots and the fact that his grandfatherserved in the imperial Austro-Hungarianarmy. Jacques Piette particularly recalls
Fig. 1 A photo of the 1st ESP meeting with Giulio Jori ringed. Herbert Honigsmann, Jean Cadet and Rex Tyrrell also appear in the photo.
the time when he had to defend his PhDthesis, and his main supervisor had invitedGiulio as an external examiner becausehe was the best in the field of photosen-sitisation. It was something of a shockto realize that this high profile scientistactually turned out to be quite friendly,kind, encouraging and respectful of thework done by a young photobiologist.Some of the highlights that will al-
ways be remembered for their impact,success and warm collegial contact in-clude Giulios pioneering role as a memberof a group of European photobiologistswho formally established the EuropeanSociety for Photobiology (ESP) duringthe first European Congress of Photo-biology in Grenoble in 1986 (Fig. 1).Prior to the establishment of ESP duringthis first Congress, Jacques Piette andHerbert Honigsmann recollect the firstCharterMeeting of the ESP on 8 February1985, followed by a Founding Committeemeeting in November of that year, whichconsisted of Giulio Jori, Kurt Schaffner,Tom Dubbelman, and Johan Moan. Dur-ing that period Rex Tyrrell recalls Giulioscharacteristic diplomacy, patience and de-termination in a meeting they shared withcouncillors of the American Society forPhotobiology to negotiate a share for thenew society in the main photobiology
journal at the time. Although the outcomewas not as hoped, Giulios vision andtenacity led to an alternative approachwithin a remarkably short period withthe launch of ESPs first official journal,Journal of Photochemistry and Photobi-ology, B: Biology, of which Giulio wasFounding Editor. Giulio and colleaguesfurther strengthened the ESP throughthe setting up of the first society-ownedjournal, Photochemical & PhotobiologicalSciences (PPS) in 2002, which is nowthe official journal of ESP and its col-laborating partners, the European Pho-tochemistry Association (EPA, co-ownerwith ESP), the Asia and Oceania Societyfor Photobiology (AOSP) and the KoreanSociety of Photoscience (KSP).Jacques Piette sums up Giulios unique
contributions to science as largely being aresult of his strong intellectual capabilityto integrate physico-chemistry with pho-tobiology for biomedical and biosecurityapplications. In doing so, Giulios scien-tific accomplishments cover a vast field ofpioneering work in photosensitisation thatincludes photodynamic therapy of cancerand infectious diseases, photodynamic an-timicrobial chemotherapy, and the use ofphotosensitisers also as photoinsecticidalagents. Francesco Ghetti and FrancescoLenci have seen that the way Giulio
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Fig. 2 Giulio Jori, then and now.
approaches scientific problems and hisscientific ingenuity have not only guidedhis co-workers but also the wider inter-national scientific community. For them,the contact with Giulio has always beenan occasion to smile, enjoy life, and tomake fun of themselves amid his never-conventional and always graceful irony, aswell as sharing some sad events like theloss of young colleagues who prematurelypassed away. Like all really great scientists,Giulio is proud of his mentors, towardwhom he has always expressed devotionand respect, and we are glad that in turnwe can testify to the devotion and respectGiulio receives as a mentor himself.
For younger researchers it is of greatvalue to be surrounded by top scientistswho still show their enthusiasm and en-gagement after decades of commitmentto the same scientific field. Giulio hasbeen such an inspiration to many youngscientists for at least 30 years through histeaching skills and delight in sharing hisimpressive knowledge in the fields of pho-tobiology.KristianBerg speaks for all of usas he notes that photobiology would havebeen a much weaker scientific field withless recruitment, scientific progress andenthusiasm without people like Giulio.This good work continues with Giulio as aco-organiser of a new photobiology schoolin 2010 run by ESP.
In parallel to his active and highly suc-cessful scientific career, spanning over 300papers devoted initially to photosensitisedreactions of proteins and then, from themid-1980s, to more biologically orientated
studies including basic and applied as-pects, we marvel at the way Giulio is amaster in establishing contacts, and fos-tering collaborations, especially betweenscientists from diverse fields, as well asmanaging to bridge the gaps between basicscientists and clinicians. The success ofESP is a clear demonstration that theefforts made by a single person with anunshakable belief in the future of pho-tobiology can so strongly unite so manyscientists to work together.Among the long list of activities and
leadership roles engaging both peers andstudents, Giulio has served as Director ofthe Center for Advanced Research in Pho-tobiology (CARP, Sardinia), an organisa-tion promoting photobiology through set-ting up of advanced schools, PhD courses,symposia and meetings. CARP was estab-lished by ESP, the Italian Society for Pho-tobiology (ISP), and the Laser Center forMedical Application (CLAM, Firenze),a Division of the Consorzio Centro diEccellenza Optronica (CEO). He was alsoPresident of ESP, and Chair of the Owner-shipBoardof the journal,Photochemical&Photobiological Sciences (PPS). With hisinevitable foresight Giulio promoted thescientific collaboration of European andAsian photobiology communities throughan office for an Editor-in-Asia to supportthe journal. Pill-Soon Song, who took onthis editorial role, can attest to the fact thatPPS is now more widely read in Asia andreceives more manuscripts for publicationfrom this part of the globe than beforethe establishment of the Asian editorial
office. Although Janet Bornman attendedthe first ESP Congress in Grenoble andmost of the subsequent ones, the privilegeof experiencing Giulio in action at closerangecarefully forceful, persuasive andastutely full of ideascame at the manyESP journal-related meetings, as well asat photobiology workshops and meetingsfor promoting photobiology in far-flungplaces such as Ujung Pandang, Meknesand Cairo. One was left with a sense ofdeep personal commitment and passionfar beyond any confines of the usual sci-entific framework within which most of usoperate.At a glance, Giulio seems (in the words
of Pill-Soon Song) to have defied thechronobiological clock and that he wouldlook boyish if he ever shaves off his trade-mark beard (see Fig. 2). To wrap up ourgood wishes for Giulios 70th year, Pillhas some encouraging cultural wisdom.According to the zodiac calendar that hasbeen followed inKorean andother orientalculture and custom, long before JuliusCaesar invented the Julian calendar, onere-starts his/her life after the 60th birth-day. It is called Hwan Gap in Chinese,meaning ReturnCycle of 60 years.Whenone gets to celebrate his/her 70th birthday,that represents another milestone in thelife of a person and is called Go Hee,meaning Pleasure of Being Old. We areall sure that Giulio will be pleased toread that he began his second life cyclea decade ago, and has now reached aGo Hee milestone! However, we have nodoubt that Giulio will continue to keephimself actively engaged not only in re-search, but also in professional servicesto the photobiology community in generaland to the ESP and PPS journal activ-ities in particular. At the start of a newdecade we wish him happiness and goodhealth.Congratulations Giulio, and best wishes
on behalf of everyone who knows you!
Francesco Lenci, Francesco Ghetti, Pill-Soon Song, Jacques Piette, Jean Cadet,Herbert Honigsmann,Rex Tyrrell,KristianBerg and Janet Bornman
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