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.
James Bonner was born in Ansley, Nebraska, his mother's hometown, on a vacation trip. His father, Walter David Bonner, a chemist,
was Professor at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, until James was five years old. He then became head of the Chemistry
Department at the University of Utah. His mother, Grace Gaylord, was also a chemist, as was his paternal grandfather. His
six siblings all received doctoral degrees.
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