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  1. Watson, James Watson, James Dewey Watsonnoun

    United States geneticist who (with Crick in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (born in 1928)


  1. James Watson

    James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. In 1953, he co-authored with Francis Crick the academic paper proposing the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material". In subsequent years, it has been recognized that Watson and his colleagues did not properly attribute colleague Rosalind Franklin for her contributions to the discovery of the double helix structure.Watson earned degrees at the University of Chicago (BS, 1947) and Indiana University (PhD, 1950). Following a post-doctoral year at the University of Copenhagen with Herman Kalckar and Ole Maaløe, Watson worked at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory in England, where he first met his future collaborator Francis Crick. From 1956 to 1976, Watson was on the faculty of the Harvard University Biology Department, promoting research in molecular biology. From 1968 Watson served as director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), greatly expanding its level of funding and research. At CSHL, he shifted his research emphasis to the study of cancer, along with making it a world-leading research center in molecular biology. In 1994, he started as president and served for 10 years. He was then appointed chancellor, serving until he resigned in 2007 after making comments claiming that there is a genetic link between intelligence and race. In 2019, following the broadcast of a documentary in which Watson reiterated these views on race and genetics, CSHL revoked his honorary titles and severed all ties with him. Watson has written many science books, including the textbook Molecular Biology of the Gene (1965) and his bestselling book The Double Helix (1968). Between 1988 and 1992, Watson was associated with the National Institutes of Health, helping to establish the Human Genome Project, which completed the task of mapping the human genome in 2003.


  1. James Watson

    James Watson was a United States Senator representing the state of New York.

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  1. James Watson

    English upholder of a free press, born Malton (Yorks), 21 Sept. 1799. During the prosecution of Carlile and his shopmen in 1822 he volunteered to come from London to Leeds. In Feb. ’23 he was arrested for selling Palmer’s Principles of Nature, tried 23 April, and sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment, during which he read Gibbon, Hume, and Mosheim. When liberated he became a compositor on the Republican. In ’31 Julian Hibbert gave him his type and presses, and he issued Volney’s Lectures on History. In Feb. ’33 he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for selling The Poor Man’s Guardian. Hibbert left him £450, which he used in printing d’Holbach’s System of Nature, Volney’s Ruins, F. Wright’s Lectures, R. D. Owen’s pamphlets, Paine’s works, and other volumes. Died at Norwood, 29 Nov. 1874.

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    The numerical value of james watson in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

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    The numerical value of james watson in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    • A. germ
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    • C. leaven
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