Nobel-winning scientist disavowed for associating intelligence with skin color

Nobel-winning scientist disavowed for associating intelligence with skin color

The American lab withdrew all honorary titles from James Watson, one of the laureates with the Nobel Prize in 1962 for the double-helix DNA model, for "reprehensible and unfounded" comments.

James D. Watson, a North American molecular biologist and geneticist, one of the scientists who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953 and who won the Nobel Prize for this feat in 1962, saw Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which he directed before retiring, remove all his honorary titles after he insisted, in a documentary issued by PBS, on its controversial theories on ethnic origin and intelligence.

In 2007, Watson had already been removed from the chancellor's office of the laboratory because he claimed to be pessimistic about the future of Africa because, as he said, "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, although tests say that's not quite the case." At the time, he apologized for the statements, but now at the age of 90, he retracted his apology for this statement.

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