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“Greatest Living Scientist” Shunned for Telling Truth About Race, Forced to Sell Nobel Prize
December 14, 2014 AFP Archive 18

By Pete Papaherakles —
James Dewey Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize for co-discovering deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sold for an astonishing $4.76 million at an auction held on December 4 at Christie’s auction house in New York, marking the first time a living scientist has ever sold his Nobel.
Watson, 86, referred to as “the greatest living scientist” by the auctioneer, had said he was auctioning the coveted prize because his discoveries had made him a pariah. “No one really wants to admit I exist,” he said.
Watson received the Nobel Prize in Medicine along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for discovering the double helix structure of DNA, which laid the foundation of the science of genomics. Their discovery was actually made nine years earlier, in 1953, when Watson was only 24-years-old.

In his 1968 book, The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, Watson called DNA “the Rosetta Stone for unraveling the true secret of life.” He added that DNA offered the key to how our genes determine not only the color of our hair and eyes but “our comparative intelligence and even our potential to amuse others.”
Little did Watson know that his discovery would eventually get him into a lot of hot water.
The world-famous biologist was shunned by the scientific community after linking intelligence to race. In 2007 he told The Sunday Times of London: “[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa [because] 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 went on to say that, despite the desire that all human beings should be equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”
This was no excuse for discrimination against blacks, Watson explained.
“There are many people of color who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level,” he said.
He explained that he had recently inaugurated a DNA learning center in New York near Harlem and wanted to have more black researchers at the lab, “but there’s no one to recruit.”
As many others before him found out the hard way, candor about race in the media is not a good idea. The outcry about his comments being racist forced him to retire from his position as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, where he had worked for nearly 40 years, as director and president for 35 of those years. His work there was described by the current president as “unparalleled in the world of science.”