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James Watson in Russia: Day 1

Posted on 2017.07.13 at 00:58
James Watson, a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, has arrived in Moscow today with his wife Elizabeth. He says it is his ninth visit to Russia, and this time I take part in entertaining him and filming his visit. To say that I am excited is to say nothing at all. When Dmitri Shostakovich visited Sviatoslav Richter, Richter told his wife that it was as if Tchaikovsky came to visit them. To me the visit of Watson is as if we were entertaining Darwin himself. I told Dr. Watson about it, and said that I believed his and Francis Crick's discovery was the single most important achievement in biology after Darwin. He said: 'I agree. There were Mendel and us.'

This exchange took place at the reception in Hotel Metropol. I was happy to see how kind and polite employees of the hotel were to the great man. It would have been such a shame if they did not say what an honor it was for them to accommodate him. They did.


nibope at 2017-07-12 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
Все думаю, ходить или не ходить на лекцию...
Pyotr N. Petrov
tinmonument at 2017-07-19 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
Ну и что? Сходили или нет?
Pyotr N. Petrov
tinmonument at 2017-07-21 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
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