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The double helix and the Nobel Prize, James Watson

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Interviewee: James Watson. James Watson talks about who he thinks should have won the Nobel Prize in 1962. (DNAi Location: Code > Finding the structure > Players > James Watson and Francis Crick > The Nobel Prize)
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When the Nobel Prize was awarded in '62, they waited till '62 I think really because a lot of the people thought well it's a pretty model but maybe it isn't really the model for how DNA replicates. With the Meselson-Stahl experiment then you know the model was right and four years later we got the Nobel prize. By then Rosalind was not living and so they have the rule you, only three people can get any given prize. So there wasn't any problem, Maurice got one and I got one and Francis. If Rosalind had been alive, the only sort of just thing would have been two Nobel prizes, one for Wilkins and Franklin for the experimental work and one to Francis and I you know, in biology, they could have got the prize in chemistry and we could have got the prize in physiology and medicine. That would have been, you know the, everyone would have been pleased.
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