Monday, June 8, 2009

James D. Watson

Penn State students were devastated Monday to learn that their commencement speaker will be "some dork scientist" who discovered DNA, authored the groundbreaking book The Double Helix, helped establish the Human Genome Project, and is not late-night talk-show host Stephen Colbert. --The Onion, Some Guy Who's Not Stephen Colbert To Deliver College's Commencement Speech, April 9, 2009

In an interview published in the October 14 [2007] edition of The Sunday Times, Watson was quoted as saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa."

"All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours -- whereas all the testing says not really," he was quoted as saying. --Will Dunham, Scientist Watson quits post after race remarks, Reuters, Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:00pm EDT (via Just One Minute)

James Dewey Watson, 'Glimpses', University of Chicage Magazine, July-August 2007

Science celebrates a golden anniversary, review by Michael Sims of DNA, by James D. Watson with Andrew Berry, Book Page, April 2003

A Conversation with James D. Watson, interview by John Rennie, Scientific American, March 10, 2003

James Watson, Nobel Prize winner: Welcome to the Watson Wonderland; DNA genius still ruffles feathers 50 years after extraordinary discovery, by Steve Connor, The Independent, February 3, 2003

Crystallizing a Life in Science, review by Angela N. H. Creager of Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, by Brenda Maddox, American Scientist, January, 2003

The Twisted Road to the Double Helix: Rosalind Franklin's stunningly clear x-ray photographs elucidated the structure of DNA, but her contribution was ignored at the time, by Dean H. Hamer, Scientific American, December 2002

1 comment:

  1. James D Watson should be appreciated even more that it already is. In Cold Spring Harbor, for example, everyone who he is and what he did, but it's his hometown, it's normal.