Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

James Watson

James Watson, 1990

American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist James Watson was born on this day, April 6, in 1928. In 1953, he co-authored with Francis Crick the academic paper proposing the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.

Watson was photographed for the 1992 book American Legends in which Karsh is quoted: “The informal and charming Nobelist, not content to rest on the laurels of his spectacular youthful discovery of the structure of DNA, is now himself an inspiring mentor to a group of brilliant young research scientists.”