James D. Watson

James D. Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. He is best known for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick's work was seminal in understanding the genetic code and earned them, along with Maurice Wilkins, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. Watson has also been a prominent figure in research and writing throughout his career.


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  1. 1. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    This book is a personal account of the race to discover the structure of DNA, told from the perspective of one of the co-discoverers. It provides an insider's view of scientific research, the collaboration and competition, the dedication, the doubt, the exhilaration of discovery, and the often fraught relationship between science and the rest of life. The book also explores the personalities, quirks, and conflicts of the scientists involved in the groundbreaking discovery.