Saturday, November 29, 2014
Nobel Laurate James Watson Is Selling His Nobel Medal
One of the world's well-known Scientist James Watson is selling his Nobel medal in a bid to allow him to "re-enter in public life" after being shunned for the last seven years following comments linking race and intelligence. American James Watson who has worked alongside British scientist Francis Crick while at Cambridge University and discovered the double helix structure of DNA, said he has become an "unperson" since his remarks in a newspaper interview in 2007. He had told the Sunday Times black people were not of equal intelligence to white people. Since the controversial comments Dr Watson has not given any po public lecture and said he has been sacked from the boards of the companies adding, "No one really admits I exist." Dr Watson said he will use the money from the sale of the medal, which Christie said could be sold for as much as 2.2 million pounds, to buy art, supplement his income and make donations to some of the institution he has been associated with including Clare College Cambridge. The auctioneer said he did not expect Dr Watson's previous comments to affect the sale. He said there are a lot of personalities in history we will find fault with, but their discoveries transcend human foibles. The medal is expected to be auctioned in New York on with a reserve price of 1.6 million pounds.