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Alisher Usmanov Returns Nobel Medal to Its Owner James Watson

The grand hall of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow becomes the venue for the open lecture by James Watson, the 1962 Nobel Prize winner, who discovered the double helix structure of DNA. The event begins with returning of the medal to its owner.

In 2014, Watson decided to put his Nobel medal on a sale and to donate the part of the earned money to various universities and research institutes to conduct scientific research.

In December 2014 at an auction at Christie’s in New York City, Alisher Usmanov, the Russian entrepreneur, paid $4.8 million for the medal in order to return it to Watson.

“In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable. James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind and his award for the discovery of DNA structure must belong to him,” Usmanov said. 

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