Molecular biologist Dr. James D. Watson is best known for his discovery, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, of the structure of the DNA molecule. In 1962, they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He is the chancellor emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a research facility in New York.
From 1968 to 1993, Dr. Watson directed the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He was the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research of the National Institutes of Health, from 1989 to 1992. In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Dr. Watson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.
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