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Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak

Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak
Event: Dr. James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, will give a lecture entitled “Rules for Important Science” as part of the Paul D. Gottlieb Distinguished Lecture Series.

General admission tickets are limited for this free event and will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the Speedway Mall.

A limited number of seats are available to the news media. Interested media should contact Lee Clippard for details.

When: 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10.

Where: Texas Union Ballroom on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Background: Dr. James D. Watson received his bachelor of science degree in zoology at the age of 19 from the University of Chicago in 1947. He earned his Ph.D. in the same subject from Indiana University. He joined Dr. Francis Crick at Cambridge in 1951. Together, Watson and Crick determined the double helical structure of DNA, the common genetic material of all living organisms. Their discovery revolutionized the study of biology and genetics. For their work, Crick and Watson were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

Watson was a professor of biology at Harvard University until 1976. He was director of the Human Genome Project from 1989 to 1992, and he recently became the first human to receive the data of his personal genome sequence from the Baylor College of Medicine. He is chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is author of numerous books and scientific papers, and was named by Time magazine one of the “Most Important People of the Century.”

The Paul D. Gottlieb Distinguished Lecture Series was initiated by the Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate students. The series is dedicated to the memory of the late Paul D. Gottlieb, former director of the School of Biological Sciences and outstanding professor of molecular genetics and microbiology.

The intent of the series is to offer graduate students the opportunity to closely interact with inspirational scientists with whom they can share their scientific experiences and achievements.
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