James F. Bonner

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James Frederick Bonner (September 1, 1910 – September 13, 1996) was an American molecular biologist, [1] [2] a member of the National Academy of Sciences, [2] notable for discoveries in plant biochemistry.[1][2] Bonner invented a better way to collect natural rubber from trees.[1][2][3] As result of his invention Malaysia nearly double its production of natural rubber.[1][2][4] Bonner was instrumental in the invention of a method of mechanical harvesting of oranges.[1][2][3][4] Bonner was professor and professor emeritus of biology at the California Institute of Technology.[2][4]


Bonner was born in Ansley, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1931 with B.A. degree in chemistry and mathematics . He received Ph.D. doctorate in biology at Caltech in 1934.[1] Bonner spent his entire academic career at Caltech. He joined the faculty in 1936.[4]


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