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Alzheimer's disease


My very happy marriage
John Bonner Scientist
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I went to a party and she was there. And it was sort of a cocktail party, a sitting down cocktail party. And I sat by chance, in the chair next to her and we started talking. And you know the way those things work: you immediately mesh or you immediately don't mesh. And we meshed. And so it was really wonderful in a way because we were away from my parents, who were in New Hampshire, and we were away from her parents, who were in New Jersey. And so we were just ourselves and it really turned out to be a very happy marriage and she was very keen on the idea of having kids, so we had four kids, which have been enormously successful. And my only real regret in life, and it bothers me every day, and that is that she's no longer with me. She had Alzheimer's. And the strange thing is that I dream a lot about her now and I don't know why, but when I wake up I feel tremendously happy. And this is a completely non-thought out, irrational kind of happiness, but so she lives on.

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: party, marriage, wife, children, Alzheimer’s disease, dream

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016