No­bel win­ner stripped of ti­tles

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Caribbean/world -

WASH­ING­TON – No­bel Prize-win­ning Amer­i­can sci­en­tist James Wat­son has been stripped of his honorary ti­tles after re­peat­ing com­ments about race and in­tel­li­gence.

In a TV pro­gramme, the pi­o­neer in DNA stud­ies made a ref­er­ence to a view that genes cause a dif­fer­ence on av­er­age be­tween blacks and whites on IQ tests.

Cold Spring Har­bor Lab­o­ra­tory said the 90-yearold sci­en­tist’s re­marks were “un­sub­stan­ti­ated and reck­less”.

Wat­son had made sim­i­lar claims in 2007 and sub­se­quently apol­o­gised.

He shared the No­bel in 1962 with Mau­rice Wilkins and Fran­cis Crick for their 1953 dis­cov­ery of the DNA’S dou­ble helix struc­ture.

Wat­son sold his gold medal in 2014, say­ing he had been os­tracised by the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity after his re­marks about race.

He is in a nurs­ing home re­cov­er­ing from a car ac­ci­dent and is said to have “very min­i­mal” aware­ness of his sur­round­ings.

In 2007, the sci­en­tist, who once worked at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge’s Cavendish Lab­o­ra­tory, told the Times that he was “in­her­ently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” be­cause “all our so­cial poli­cies are based on the fact that their in­tel­li­gence is the same as ours – whereas all the test­ing says not re­ally”. (BBC)



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