“Inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours- where all the testing says not really” Said James Watson in a magazine when he was interviewed. He further stated that “People who have to deal with black employees find this is not true”. He argued that genes cause a diference on average between blacks and whites on IQ test.
James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientists was stripped of several honorary titles (Chancellor emeritus and honorary trustee) by the Cold Spring Habour Laborateor, New York, which he once headed in 1968.
This was done in reaction to Watson’s remarks in a television documentary aired earlier this month where he still stood by the comments he made in 2007.
About James Watson
He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize with collaborator Francis Crick and scientist Maurise Wilkins for discovering in 1953 that DNA was a double helix shaped like a long twisting ladder. This discovery was key in determining how genetic materials works. The double helix become a recognised symbol of science and Waston became famous far beyond the scientific circles.