NOBEL THOUGHTS: James Watson

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NOBEL THOUGHTS: James Watson

Profound Insights of the Laureates

by Marc Abrahams

James Watson is director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 1962 he received the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for his role in discovering the double helical structure of DNA. We spoke while striding briskly down the middle of a street.

What is your secret for staying awake during a dull lecture?

A. Read a newspaper.

What is your technique for dealing with overeager admirers?

A. Shyness.

How do you respond to people who ask you foolish questions?

A. Politely.

Do you have any advice for young people who are entering the field?

A. Enter an underpopulated field. Work with young people, not established stars.


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