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Bringing biology to Exeter Academy


Julian Huxley’s ‘heresy’
John Bonner Scientist
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I still admire [Julian Huxley's] work. You know, he… I mustn't get on too much on him, but I'll just tell you one thing, and that is that he did some really fundamental work in the embryology of sponges, and things of that sort. But then, later on he became a great expert on evolution and he believed in progress that there was some sort of inner force which moved evolution forward. And to a rigid Darwinian such as myself, this is heresy. But I never discussed it with him but I enjoyed him for so many reasons, I thought that one little thing wouldn't get in the way.

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: Julian Huxley

Duration: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016