Regarding Watson, if someone dim enough to hold views unscientific in so many ways manages to discover something, it could only be a 5 tone neon pink elephant who sat on his head and farted in his nose.
Didier Queloz found the first exoplanet while he was a PhD student.
He was ashamed to tell his supervisor Michel Mayor about it as he thought the instruments were not well calibrated or a bug in the software. He waited weeks before telling him. He sent him a fax (Mayor was on sabatical in Hawaii) telling him he found a new planet. The answer: Yes, may be.
The duo got the physics Nobel prize.
Jocelyn Bell got less chance in 1974. The prize went instead to her grad advisor, Anthony Hewish while she did all the work for the discovery of the first pulsar.