Pioneering DNA scientist loses titles after claims over race
14 January, 2019, 16:10 | Author: Kelly Sanders
The scientist said at the time that he chose to sell the award in an attempt to redeem his reputation after his comments in 2007, The New York Timesreported.
At the time, he was forced to retire from his job as chancellor at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island, but he has retained his office there, as well as the titles of chancellor emeritus, Oliver R. Grace professor emeritus and honorary trustee.
"Dr. Watson's statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science, and in no way represent the views of CSHL, its trustees, faculty, staff, or students", the lab said in a statement posted on Friday.
The graduate school of biological sciences at the research center is named for Watson, and the laboratory held a 90th birthday party for him in the spring.
In 2007, he said he was "inherently gloomy" about Africa's prospects because Western policies towards the continent assumed Africans were as intelligent as Europeans.
In a new PBS documentary, the titan of genetics said that his opinions on the issue remain unchanged, adding that differences in IQ's between Caucasians and other races were reflected in DNA.
Dr. Watson won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine alongside Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for their discovery, in 1953, that DNA was a double helix and "its significance for information transfer".
In that interview, he also said he wished racial equality was real but "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true". "There's a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests".
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