CSHL suspends Watson's duties

In a linkurl:statement;http://www.cshl.edu/public/releases/07_statement2.html issued tonight, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees said that they had "decided to suspend the administrative responsibilities of Chancellor James D. Watson, Ph.D., pending further deliberation by the Board." This follows their harsh response to his comments in the Sunday Times that he believed people of African descent are less intelligent, as Alison McCook linkurl:wrote;http://www.the-scientist.com/b

By | October 19, 2007

In a linkurl:statement;http://www.cshl.edu/public/releases/07_statement2.html issued tonight, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees said that they had "decided to suspend the administrative responsibilities of Chancellor James D. Watson, Ph.D., pending further deliberation by the Board." This follows their harsh response to his comments in the Sunday Times that he believed people of African descent are less intelligent, as Alison McCook linkurl:wrote;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ earlier today, and it is hardly the first time that he has made comments that others have found offensive or linkurl:unrealistic. ;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/280/5366/996?ck=nck Well, at least we have his linkurl:genome sequenced. ;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/8/1/19/1/
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Cream

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October 19, 2007

When you go to international Scientific meetings and can count the number of Blacks attending on one hand out of the hundreds of delegates, then comments and attitude from such a respected and eminent Scientist should not surprise you. I am sure this just an extension of the type of prejudice showed to women in Science not so long ago. At least every one of these powerful and influential men had at least one woman close by to influence and change their attitude, but what chance do Blacks have??
Avatar of: africanbiohazard

africanbiohazard

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October 19, 2007

It is with sadness that I read about this episode. Jim Watson's achievements have been an inspiration to many, and this is no way to end an amazing career. As a scientists working in South Africa, I wish Dr Watson would come and visit us to see the incredible scientific talent that exists in this continent.
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Amisha Patel

Posts: 1

October 19, 2007

I can understand intelligence being attributed to genetic inheritance but by putting it down to race descent, Dr. Watson has trivialised the contribution of Africans to the world. \nAny human in the right environment, can adapt,evolve and flourish. Dr. Watson forgets that as current theories go we are ALL of African descent, so it is the environment that we moved to that makes us what we are. \nAfrica and Africans are the next frontier and if he ever visited Africa he would know that intelligence is relative and literally, a state of mind. Don't write us off yet...
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sadscientist

Posts: 17

October 19, 2007

The number of black faces in the audience at any scientific conference I've ever attended has indeed been unconscionably small. Ditto for Native Americans. It doesn't take a mastermind to figure out why this state of affairs exists (hint:I wonder how many black/native scientists Watson and the rest of his generation has hired/encouraged over the past 50 years?).

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