Dr. James D. Watson
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About James D. Watson
James D. Watson is best known as the American molecular biologist who discovered “the Secret of Life.” Along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, Dr. Watson discovered the structure of the DNA molecule. For this discovery the men were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Watson was just 34 years old. His lectures draw on his incredible life in and out of science, and he has the ability to communicate the most complex scientific concepts in terms that are accessible to all audiences.
Dr. Watson was director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a research facility on Long Island in New York, from 1968 to 1993. He was the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research of the National Institutes of Health, from 1989 to 1992. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and, most notably, the Nobel Prize.
James Watson’s most recent book, Avoid Boring People, is a delightful romp through his life and learning; it will be an indispensable guide to anyone plotting a career in science or otherwise. Seed magazine writes: “James Watson has had just about the most successful career a scientist can. Now he’s passing on what he learned along the way. . . . Aspiring Nobel laureates, pay attention. The road to the prize is laid out for you here. A book to be highlighted and handed down.”
Praise for James D. Watson
Dr. James Watson was a wonderful choice for the Fisher Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Watson shared himself so generously with our students and talked so easily with an audience of 1,800 that he charmed everyone around. He made the discovery of the structure of DNA sound so simple, and he kept reminding the audience about how very human he was, which made him so much more intriguing, of course!— Lamar University
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