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James Watson

1928 - Today

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James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. In 1953, he co-authored with Francis Crick the academic paper proposing the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Watson has received more than 3,505,102 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). James Watson is the 10th most popular biologist (up from 11th in 2019), the 120th most popular biography from United States (up from 148th in 2019) and the most popular American Biologist.

James Watson is most famous for being one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA.

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Among biologists, James Watson ranks 10 out of 841Before him are Alexander Fleming, Ivan Pavlov, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Luc Montagnier, and Ernst Haeckel. After him are Karl Landsteiner, Konrad Lorenz, Peter Kropotkin, Rosalind Franklin, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Alfred Russel Wallace.

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Among people born in 1928, James Watson ranks 10Before him are John Forbes Nash Jr., Ennio Morricone, Hosni Mubarak, Noam Chomsky, Ariel Sharon, and Eduard Shevardnadze. After him are Chinghiz Aitmatov, Serge Gainsbourg, Philip K. Dick, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Osamu Tezuka, and Jeanne Moreau.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Watson ranks 120 out of 18,182Before him are Katharine Hepburn (1907), Jackson Pollock (1912), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), Carl Rogers (1902), Madonna (1958), and Vince McMahon (1945). After him are Ray Charles (1930), Sitting Bull (1831), Brad Pitt (1963), Phineas Gage (1823), Isadora Duncan (1877), and Grace Hopper (1906).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, James Watson ranks 1After him are Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), Rachel Carson (1907), Barbara McClintock (1902), Dian Fossey (1932), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908).