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Avoid Boring People


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Foreword Preface 1: Manners acquired as a child 2: Manners learned while an undergraduate 3: Manners picked up in graduate school 4: Manners followed by the Phage Group 5: Manners passed on to an aspiring young scientist 6: Manners needed for important science 7: Manners practiced as an untenured professor 8: Manners deployed for academic zing 9: Manners noticed as a dispensable White House advisor 10: Manners appropriate for a Nobel Prize 11: Manners demanded by academic ineptitude 12: Manners behind for readable books 13: Manners required for academic civility 14: Manners displayed to hold two jobs 15: Manners maintained when reluctantly leaving Harvard Epilogue Cast of Characters

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In 1953, while working at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helical structure of DNA. For their discovery they were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with Maurice Wilkins. Watson was appointed to the faculty at Harvard University in 1956. In 1968, while retaining his position at Harvard, he became director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). In 1988 he was appointed as associate director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to help launch the Human Genome Program. A year later he became the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the NIH, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1997. In 2007 Watson retired from the position of Chancellor of CSHL.


Reviews from previous edition: '...a deliciously detailed account of his life...Watson remains one of the most fascinating scientists of our time, as iconic in some respects as his double helix.' (Nature ) 'A lively and provocative book.' (Financial Times, Books of the Year ) 'The story is frank, personal, revealing' (Peter Lawrence, Literary Review ) '...with entertaining revelations...[and] interesting insights and anecdotes...' (Financial Times ) '...a fascinating story.' (The Times ) 'It's never dull.' (The Herald (Glasgow) ) 'Scientists will find the book most interesting.' (Irish Times )

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