After Decades Of Racism, ‘Father Of DNA’ James Watson Finally Hits Rock Bottom
James Watson Finally Hits Rock Bottom
A pioneering, award-winning scientist in the field of DNA research was teetering on the verge of irrelevance decades after his historic discovery was becoming increasingly consequential for the very people he’s been persistently racist toward. The latest blow to Dr. James Watson’s professional credibility came this weekend when the person who has been referred to as “the father of DNA” was “stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary,” according to CNN.
Watson, 90, has been under fire for more than a decade for falsely saying in 2007 that there is science to prove that Black people are intellectually inferior. He apparently felt empowered enough to double down on that false premise in a PBS film that aired Jan. 2. That finally prompted Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where Watson served as director from 1968 to 1993, to into “revoking his honorary titles of Chancellor Emeritus, Oliver R. Grace Professor Emeritus, and Honorary Trustee.”
Watson’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded in 1962, was apparently still intact. In fact, there was not one single mention of Watson’s racist views on his page on the Nobel Prize website. However, the move by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was seemingly one of the final nails in the coffin of Watson’s credibility, relevance and overall career, which has all but hit rock bottom.