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A typical adolescence
John Bonner Scientist
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[Q] Did you have quite a happy childhood, would you say?

Yes, one unhappy period was sort of my 13, 14, 15, around in there, but it was no more than an average pubescent depression, or whatever you call it. And so otherwise, I was really happy all the time. And even then, if I was getting the blues during that pubescent period, I would just go out in the woods and that would liven me up.

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: childhood, pubescent depression, woods

Duration: 39 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016