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Demonstrating chemotaxis in development


Complemented on my thesis
John Bonner Scientist
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Jim Savage was a very well known mathematician, who was a professor at Yale. He was going to have lunch with me, and I got stuck on something. And so I said, 'Jim, I'll be with you in 10 minutes. Have a seat in my office, there's lots of books'. And I came in and he was reading that thesis. I said, 'Jim, of all the good books in there, how could you be doing that?' 'Oh', he said, 'this is wonderful'. I said, 'What do you mean?' 'It's wonderful because you got it out of your system at such an early age'.

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: Leonard Jimmie Savage

Duration: 41 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016