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Roy Chapman Andrews - the real Indiana Jones


An unusual birthday present
John Bonner Scientist
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Woollcott was a close family friend and in fact, I think he was really quite fond of my mother. And at the same time though, I don't think he was really a very passionate person, but he used to joke about thinking of ways of murdering my father, so he could walk off with my mother. He also was really a very amusing man, and a good stylist, as far as prose went.

And he used to - he lived near us at one point - and he used to, once a week, we went down, and he read these dog stories, one of them was dog, but mostly these animal stories, and people stories, which were very sentimental. And he read them in a wonderful voice and it was fun.

And he was always… I think I made him nervous, which always bothered me because I liked him. And so we had this sort of strange relationship. But then, I had a birthday and he sent me a pair of cufflinks which were Roy Chapman Andrews' discovery in the Gobi Desert. And they were the first dinosaur eggs that had ever been discovered and he or Roy Chapman Andrews, I don't remember which, set them into cufflinks, and they weren't pretty, but they were really interesting.

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: Alexander Woollcott, Roy Chapman Andrews

Duration: 1 minute, 59 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016