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James D Watson auctioned his Nobel Prize medal for DNA discovery for 4.8 million US dollars

Dec 10, 2014 17:19 IST

James D Watson was in news the first week of December 2014 because he auctioned his Nobel Prize medal for 4.8 million US dollars. He, thus, became the first living recipient to auction the Nobel Prize medal.

He decided to donate part of the proceeds to charities and to support scientific research.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1962. He was awarded the Nobel Prize along with Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick, with each receiving a gold medal.

He was forced to auction off the medal after being excluded for seven years for his public comments about black African IQ in 2007 treating as racist.

After commenting African IQ, Watson has not been invited to give public lectures and fired from the boards of companies, so he don’t have income apart from academic income.

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