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James Watson unveils DNA Sculpture

One of the most famous of living scientists, James Watson unveiled a sculpture by Charles Jenkes last night (28 April 2013) at the National Botanic Gardens Dublin. and also makes award to Waterford Student.
James Watson unveils DNA Sculpture

Niamh Maher, Ursuline Secondary School Waterford with James Watson

Marking the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick the artwork is of impressive scale and impact. A grass mound surmounted by twisting strands of stainless steel it fits well into its location both aestethically and thematically.

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The brainchild of UCC's John Atkins and David McConnell of TCD the project wasa supported by Mathhew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, the OPW, David Went, Jim Watson, Irish Museum's Trust, David and Janet McConnell and Fergal Quinn.  The ceremony was presided over by Matthew Jebb and project instigator John Atkins outlined the background to the project. Artist Charles Jenkes described the features of his creation and the guest of honour, James Watson formally "unveiled" the piece.

There was another special occasion celebrating the next generation of scientists. An all-island competition was held encouraging pupils to write about DNA / RNA. Niamh Maher from the Ursuline Secondary School in Waterford won joint first prize and received a signed copy of Watson's 2012 "The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix” from the Nobel Laureate.

We must declare a further connection here: Niamh is a daughter of our WIT colleague John Maher and she has always shown a keen interest in science and even worked with Calmast during her Transition Year. We wish her well in the forthcoming Leaving Certificate and in studying science next year.

We would always recommend a visit to the National Botanic gardens in Glasnevin for astounding natural beauty, and scientific interest. And in addition now we urge you to visit the "What is Life?" sculpture which is beautiful and illustrates the science of life - bringing science and beauty together and celebrating the beauty of science.