Honest Jim: James D. Watson, the Writer

Fifty years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick made one of the major discoveries of the twentieth century: they deciphered the double helical structure of DNA. The discovery began a revolution in molecular biology that led to major advances in science and medicine.

Watson and Crick both continued their scientific careers but Watson also embarked on a new one, as a writer. Beginning with Watson's early years as a South Sider and undergraduate at the University, this exhibit chronicles Watson's writing career as an author of textbooks, science and political advocacy, and autobiography. Original documents offer his reflections on the people and events that influenced and inspired him.

This is a collaborative project between the University of Chicago Library and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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