The noble award-winning DNA pioneer James Watson, 90, has been stripped of his honorary titles in the lab
DNA pioneer James Watson, 90, is stripped of the last of his honorary titles after a doubling of his & # 39; objectionable & # 39; beliefs that genes cause a difference between black people and white people on IQ tests
- James Watson shared 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering DNA was double helix
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in New York, deprived Mr. Watson, 90, titles
- Scientist said that genes cause a difference between blacks and whites in IQ testing
- Mr. Watson was director, president and chancellor of the American lab
Bryony Jewell for Mailonline
A Nobel Prize-winning scientist is stripped of his honorary titles in a lab after a doubling of his & # 39; objectionable & # 39; views on intelligence and race.
James Watson, 90, who shared a 1962 Nobel Prize to discover that DNA was a double helix, lost its job in 2007 for expressing racist views.
On Friday, January 11, he was stripped of several honorary titles by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where he once stood at the head.
The lab said it responded to Mr. Watson's remarks in a television documentary that was broadcast earlier this month.
James Watson, 90, has received his honorary titles at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, stripped after commenting on race and intelligence on a documentary
In the film, Watson said his views on intelligence and race had not changed since 2007, when he told a magazine that he was inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa & # 39; because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – where all tests do not really say. & # 39;
In the 2007 interview, Watson said that while he hopes everyone is equal, "people who deal with black workers are of the opinion that this is not true."
In this month's documentary he said that genes on average cause a difference between black and white people on IQ tests.
The laboratory, that the latest comments & # 39; reprehensible & # 39; and & # 39; Not Supported by Science & # 39; mentions, they have effectively reversed the written apology and withdrawal of Mr. Watson in 2007.
It said that it had withdrawn three honorary titles, including chancellor emeritus and honorary trustee.
Watson had long been associated with the lab, became director in 1968, 10 years later his president in 1994 and his chancellor. A school in the lab has been named after him.
In a documentary broadcast earlier this month, Mr. Watson, pictured on the left in 1971 and right in 2009, showed that genes on average cause a difference between blacks and whites on IQ tests.
The son of Mr. Watson, Rufus, said Friday in a telephone interview that his father, who is 90, stayed in a nursing home in October after a car accident and that his awareness of his environment is very minimal & # 39; is.
"My father's sayings may make him foolish and discriminatory," he said, but that is not true. & # 39; They represent only his rather limited interpretation of the genetic destination. & # 39;
He said: "My father had made the lab his life and yet the lab considers him an obligation."
James Watson shared a Nobel Prize from 1962 with collaborator Francis Crick and scientist Maurice Wilkins for discovering in 1953 that DNA was a double helix, in the form of a long, gently revolving ladder. The breakthrough was the key to determine how genetic material works.
The double helix became a generally recognized symbol of science and Watson himself became famous far beyond scientific circles.