The Nobel laureat James Watson lost honorary titles due to racist comments


James Watson is 90 years old. He discovered the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s. He said in a documentary that genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests. A strong critic reaction occurred. In the film titled American Masters: Decoding Watson, when asked about his views on race in the decade since his departure from the lab, Mr. Watson said he stood by his former remarks, citing the difference in IQ tests results to suggest black inferiority. His affirmations were considered “reprehensible (and) unsupported by science”.

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Even more, the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory (CSHL) on New York’s Long Island, where Watson had been the director from 1968 to 1993, said it condemns the misuse of science. In January, he has been stripped of honorary titles at the laboratory: Chancellor Emeritus, Oliver R. Grace Professor Emeritus and Honorary Trustee. Those that float the idea of a connection between race and intelligence are accused by the scientific community of indulging in pseudoscience and “scientific racism”.


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