James watson

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James D. Watson is one of the scientists credited with the discovery of the 'double helix', the structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, along with other influential scientists such as Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.

Born in 1928, Watson worked at Cambridge and Copenhagen, where together with Francis Crick, they worked to solve DNAs structure. Using X-Ray diffraction images by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, along side molecular model techniques used by Linus Pauling, the two slowly built up a picture of DNAs form, as well as shedding light on its function. The two were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 [1].On the 26th of November 2014, Watson announced that he wishes to sell his Nobel Prize. It is estimated that it will sell for between $2.5m (£1.6m) and $3.5m (£2.2m). When it is sold, he will become the first living person to sell their Nobel prize. [2]


  1. Watson J.D (1968) The Double Helix, 10th edition, London: Penguin Books, Published 1999.
  2. James Watson to auction Nobel Prize for DNA discovery http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30209759 26 November 2014
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