Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov (estimated to be worth $15.8bn) bought US scientist James Watson’s Nobel Prize gold medal, and intends to return it to him.
Usmanov said Mr Watson “deserved” the medal, and that he was “distressed” the scientist had felt forced to sell it.
Watson won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DNA. He sold is medal this year for $4.8m (£3m) at auction. It was the first Nobel Prize for sale by a living recipient.
Although, Dr. Watson is a Nobel Prize winner, it is unfortunate that some of his views and his penchant for speaking his mind have led to problems for him, prompting the sale of the medal.
But, I so appreciate Alisher Usmanov’s returning the medal to its rightful owner.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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