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Dec.6,2017James Watson was born on April 6th, 1928 in Chicago, where he wouldgrow up surrounded by life in all configurations. He took a particularinterest in birdwatching which sparked his passion for zoology, whichwould eventually bring him to the study of genetics. His humble beginningwould lead to the discovery of one of the most pivotal moments in all ofscientific history, the first glimpse of the building blocks of life; DNA.He received his first B.S. degree in zoology in 1947 after four years ofcollege at the University of Chicago, which propelled him to continue hisstudy of the natural world. At the University of Indiana he received aP.H.d and met new colleagues who would considerably broaden hisknowledge.Fellow geneticists and Indiana University graduates H.J. Muller and S.E.Luria were the ones who introduced James Watson to the concepts of usingX-rays to create images of microscopic things.It was 1951 when he got his first glimpse, while still veryincomplete, of the structure of DNA. This spurred him on to partner withFrancis Crick, a fellow microbiologist and user of X-Rays, to run moreexperiments and think outside of what was known. It wasn’t until 1953 thata student of Rosalind Franklin, a colleague in the study of DNA, actuallymanaged to get the first image of DNA with a double-helix, later dubbed”Photo 51″. While it was Raymond Gosling, the previously mentionedstudent of Rosalind Franklin, who actually took the photo, the Nobel Prizeand eternal credit for the discovery went to Watson and Crick. MauriceWilkins supposedly shared Rosalind Franklin’s research with James Watsonand Francis Crick without her knowing, and they claimed the findings forthemselves. In 1962 the now infamous “Photo 51” was accepted by thescientific community as a breakthrough in human knowledge and JamesWatson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded a Nobel Prize.Rosalind Franklin however, did not receive recognition for all her hardwork, and sadly died four years prior to ovarian cancer.The discovery of the structure of DNA was a massive step forward forhuman understanding, and even if the exact details of who did what remaina bit blurry, no one can deny the importance of developing knowledge forthe future of our world. If we can begin to fathom the components that makeup the building blocks of everything, the possibilities of what humanscan achieve is near limitless.

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