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James Watson

Molecular Biologist James Watson

Profession: Molecular Biologist

United States of America

Biography: Won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the structure of DNA and his discovery along with Francis Crick of the double helix structure.

Born: April 6, 1928
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Age: 94 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1953-02-28 Francis Crick and James Watson discover the chemical structure of DNA-molecule (double-helix polymer) using studies of x-ray diffraction developed by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins
  • 1953-04-25 Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine
  • 1962-10-18 James Watson (US), Francis Crick (UK) and Maurice Wilkins (UK) win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in determining the structure of DNA

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