James Dewey Watson (born 1928), American biochemist & co- discoverer of the structure of DNA. Watson graduated from Chicago University & obtained a PhD in 1950. He abandoned plans to become an ornithologist to work on problems in biochemistry & genetics. In 1951 he went to Cambridge, to work with Francis Crick on solving the problem of the structure of DNA. In 1953 they proposed a double helix structure for DNA, which earned them (with Maurice Wilkins) the 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where Watson was Director at the time of this photograph. MODEL RELEASED 1989. .ADVERTISING/COMMERCIAL USE REQUIRES CLEARANCE.