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James Watson

1928-

Biochemist

Nobel Prize-winning American biochemist James Watson was one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA, the molecular building block of life. Through meticulous work and building on the research of others such as Rosalind Franklin (who died before she could be awarded a part of the Nobel Prize), Watson and Francis Crick detailed how a genetic code defined the structure of DNA.

After winning the Nobel Prize in 1962, Watson went on to positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard before becoming the director of New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1968.