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Джеймс Уотсон

Дата рождения: 6. Апрель 1928
Другие имена: James Watson

Джеймс Дью́и Уо́тсон — американский биолог. Лауреат Нобелевской премии по физиологии и медицине 1962 года — совместно с Фрэнсисом Криком и Морисом Х. Ф. Уилкинсом за открытие структуры молекулы ДНК.


„Ни у кого не хватает смелости это сказать, но если мы сможем улучшить человеческое существо, зная как добавлять гены, то почему бы и нет?“

„Если мы не будем играть в Бога, то кто?“


„Существует только одна наука — физика, всё остальное — это общественная работа.“

„Every time you understand something, religion becomes less likely. Only with the discovery of the double helix and the ensuing genetic revolution have we had grounds for thinking that the powers held traditionally to be the exclusive property of the gods might one day be ours....“

„Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles.“ Molecular Biology of the Gene

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Oh, no. Absolutely not... The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology. I wanted to understand.“

„[As a young man ] I came to the conclusion that the church was just a bunch of fascists that supported Franco. I stopped going on Sunday mornings and watched the birds with my father instead.“

„People say we are playing God. My answer is: Ifdon't play God, who will?“


„At lunchwinged into the Eagle to tell everyone within hearing distance that we had found the secret of life.“

„​Briefly, the Indiana biochemists encouraged me to learn organic chemistry, but after I used a bunsen burner to warm up some benzene, I was relieved from further true chemistry. It was safer to turn out an uneducated Ph. D. than to risk another explosion.“ The Double Helix

„Al Hershey had sent me a long letter from Cold Spring Harbor summarizing the recently completed experiments by which he and Martha Chase established that a key feature of the infection of a bacterium by a phage was the injection of the viral DNA into the host bacterium. Most important, very little protein entered the bacterium. Their experiment was thus a powerful new proof that DNA is the primary genetic material. Nonetheless, almost no one in the audience of over four hundred microbiologists seemed interested as I read long sections of Hershey’s letter. Obvious exceptions were André Lwoff, Seymour Benzer, and Gunther Stent, all briefly over from Paris. They knew that Hershey’s experiments were not trivial and that from then on everyone was going to place more emphasis on DNA. To most of the spectators, however, Hershey’s name carried no weight.“ The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

„One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.“ The Double Helix


„On the other hand, the sun of Naples might be conducive to learning something about the biochemistry of the embryonic development of marine animals.“ The Double Helix

„Worrying about complications before ruling out the possibility that the answer was simple would have been damned foolishness.“ The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

„I don’t think we’re for anything, we’re just products of evolution. You can say “Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don’t think there’s a purpose,” but I’m anticipating a good lunch.“

„Most academic battles involve space or faculty appointments and promotions.“ Avoid Boring People: And Other Lessons from a Life in Science

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