Watson Apologizes, Retires Over Race Remarks

James WatsonLast week we ran the story of DNA co-discoverer and Nobel prize-winner James Watson making remarks to the effect that Africans are not as intelligent as Europeans. Later in the week he apologized for those remarks, saying that he could not himself believe that he had said the things he was quoted as saying. A day later he retired from his senior position at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Further details can be found here.

About Christopher Green

Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto). Former editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Creator of the "Classics in the History of Psychology" website and of the "This Week in the History of Psychology" podcast series.