DNA Pioneer Sells Nobel After Outrage Over Racist Remarks
One of the scientists who made arguably the most important scientific discovery of the 20th century has auctioned his Nobel medal. Here's why.By Sebastian Martinez | December 4, 2014
This is James Watson. He's one of the scientists who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, and he's not a very popular guy in the scientific community.
Despite partaking in one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century, the 86-year-old has isolated himself through a number of controversial comments to the point that he recently described himself as an "unperson." (Video via Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
That was in an interview with The Financial Times about Watson's unusual decision to auction off the Nobel Prize he won for the double-helix discovery.