Bonner, James F., 1910-1996 (Molecular Biologist)
- Existence: 1910 - 1996
Background: Caltech professor of biology, 1938-1981; instructor, 1936-38; research assistant, 1935-36; Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1934).
Description: Bonner is best known for his work on how plant and, later, animal genes are switched on and off. In the 1930s he and his colleagues performed classic experiments on the timing of flowering, showing that some plants needed a long night to flower and that a flash of light in the dark cycle could derail the entire process. He was also important for moving science from the laboratory into public forums, writing and speaking on issues such as world resources and how molecular biology could improve people's lives.
Collection Notes: Oral History, 1980. This 69-page oral history is the result of two interviews. It covers Bonner's life and work. Bonner also took part in a joint interview with three other members of the Biology Division.
Papers. This collection is currently unprocessed.
Photo of James Bonner (PhotoNet). Finding aid: none.
Restrictions: Limited access to unprocessed papers.
Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:
The papers of James Frederick Bonner (1910 – 1996), Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1934) and professor of biology, 1938-1981. His papers include a large correspondence section with colleagues and organizations worldwide, as well as writings and talks, papers about his consultancy activities, scientific and technical files and biographical material.