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The charming Mr and Mrs Thomas H Morgan


The most successful exam I’ve ever had
John Bonner Scientist
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One other thing that happened while I was at Exeter, I got my driving license. And I had to go to take a test with some man that lived in a little house, not too far from us. And I went, and he said, 'Do you like…' his only question was, 'Do you like jazz, or do you like classical music?' And I said, 'Well, I really like both, but if it came to a choice, I'd pick classical music'. And he said, 'Well, you don't need to take the test'. I said, 'Why not?' And he said, 'It's my experience, anybody who likes classical music doesn't drive too fast'. So that was my most successful exam taking that I've ever had.


John Tyler Bonner (born in 1920) is an emeritus professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He is a pioneer in the use of cellular slime molds to understand evolution and development and is one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds. He says that his prime interests are in evolution and development and that he uses the cellular slime molds as a tool to seek an understanding of those twin disciplines. He has written several books on developmental biology and evolution, many scientific papers, and has produced a number of works in biology. He has led the way in making Dictyostelium discoideum a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: driving license, jazz, classical music, driving test

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016