James Watson

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Kusy Ryan Kusy Mrs. Siwak Honors Chemistry 16 January 2009 The Life of James Dewey Watson Known for his accomplishment as an American molecular biologist and one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA, James Dewey Watson along with Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material. James Watson was a prodigy as soon as he was born. He was on born on April 6, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the only son of James D. Watson, a businessman, and Jean Mitchell. James' entire childhood was spent in Chicago. James Watson was a brilliant man who in his career earned over twenty prestigious awards and honorary degrees are multiple colleges. Many people consider him to be one of the greatest scientists ever, and his contribution to science is irreplaceable. Due to his findings in the structure of DNA, science has used this to extend it further into areas such as the Human Genome Project and better understanding genetic diseases. James Watson was very bright, even at a young age. He attended the Horace Mann Grammar School for eight years, then another two years at South Shore High School. After only two years he completed high school and moved on to college at only age 15. In the summer of 1943, he enrolled in the University of Chicago's experimental four year college on a tuition scholarship. In 1947, aged 17, Watson received a B. Sc. 1
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Kusy degree in Zoology and later Fellowship for graduate study in Zoology at the Indiana University in Bloomington. He acquired his Ph. D. degree in Zoology in 1950 (James Watson 1). After graduation, Watson was fascinated by the work of Salvador Luria, who had won the Nobel Prize for his work on the Luria-Delbrück experiment, which was about the nature of genetic mutations, and eventually ended up meeting him a few years later. Luria’s work did inspire Watson to pursue a similar career. However, in the spring of
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