Warm Welcome – the Father of DNA’s SCU Tour
April 1st, afternoon, one of the greatest biologists in the 20th century -- James Watson, laureate of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine who is reputed as “Einstein in the Field of Bioscience” and the “Father of DNA”, paid a visit to Sichuan University.
President Xie Heping extended a cordial welcome to Dr. James Watson and his delegation. President Xie indicated that, Sichuan University has the largest single hospital worldwide – West China Hospital, and the sole State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy in China; the research projects of SCU’s several institutes have some intersection with Dr. Watson’s research. Then he expressed his desire that Dr. Watson could pay attention and offer support to SCU’s development of biomedical treatment-related disciplines, and cooperate with SCU in relevant research.
Dr. James Watson expressed his appreciation to SCU’s warm reception, and he humorously remarked that SCU is a highly modernized university, hoping that the books won’t vanish from the campus due to advanced digital teaching apparatus.
James Watson received warm cheers from students while visiting our university’s seminar room. This senior scholar in nearly 90s was touched by the students’ passion, and drew in person the schematic diagram of the classic DNA double helix on the whiteboard of the classroom and signed his name. This is the first time he wrote down his epoch-making findings at a Chinese university. And this board will be specially collected by SCU.
After being aware of James Watson’s 90th birthday is coming, the university specially prepared a birthday cake for him. As President Xie and the faculty members and students present sang the birthday song, James Watson, with flowers in his hand, smiled really happily. Moreover, more students eager to see James Watson packed outside the room.
The meeting was joined by Ma Weihua, Director General of National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Liu Ruyin, CEO of Cheerland Investment Group, Lan Xinguo, former Chairman of Sichuan Airlines Group, Guo Xiaoyong, Vice Chairman of China International Public Relations Association, Wei Yuquan,Vice President of SCU, Yan Shijing, Vice President of SCU, along with the heads of the University’s relevant departments.