DNA Structure Discoverer and Nobel Laureate, James Watson’s Honorary Titles Withdrawn
Eminent geneticist, James Watson, has had the last of his honorary titles stripped from him after doubling down on controversial statements about race and intelligence.
The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, who with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, has been embroiled in controversy for more than a decade.
In 2007, he lost his job at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory for making racist remarks but retained three honorary titles there including Chancellor Emeritus.
However, following a new documentary in which he said these views had not changed, and told interviewers genes were responsible for a difference in average IQ between black and white people, they decided to take further action.
YMD: Many of our readers may not be familiar with Watson. He, along with Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize in 1953. A woman researcher, Rosalind Franklin, who contributed equally providing very useful data was denied a share. Reason? She was a woman. So honest are the Western elites, scientist being no exception. James Watson and Francis Crick too, did not protest at the denial of Rosalind. They coolly stole her honors. At all events, their discovery of the DNA strings, brought a storm. The praise for them still echoes in scientific works. For several decades they were princes among the scientific community. By now Francis Crick is dead. As for Watson, all his honorary titles have been taken away. He stands disgraced. All for a single remark he made. We are reminded by the Qur’an:
“Say, ‘O Lord! Master of the Kingdom, Thou bestow the rule upon whom Thou will, and taketh away the rule from whom Thou will. Thou endow with honor whom Thou will, and humiliate whom Thou will. In Thy Hand is the Good. Verily, Thou hast power over all things.” (3: 26)