Cold Spring Harbor has had many notable residents over the years. One famous scientist who still lives in Cold Spring Harbor is James D. Watson. James D. Watson was the co-discoverer of DNA. Born in Chicago in 1928, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1962. Between 1988 and 1992 James Watson helped the National Institutes of Health with the Human Genome Project. Most recently, James Watson was the Chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory until he resigned in 2007.
Another notable resident of Cold Spring Harbor was John Lennon. John Lennon was best known as one of the founding members of the Beatles. In the late 1970’s, John Lennon owned a house in Laurel Hollow. This is where he stayed until his assassination in 1980. John Lennon was an important part of the Beatles, but also had a very great solo career and today some of his songs are classics that can be heard around the world.
Another notable former resident of Cold Spring Harbor was the controversial Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan spent most of her childhood as well as some of her teen years in Cold Spring Harbor. Lindsay Lohan leaped to stardom with a myriad of movies such as Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis, the high school drama Mean Girls, and the action adventure movie, Herbie. Lindsay also tried out a short-lived singing career around the same time. She stayed in the Cold Spring Harbor area until her sophomore year of high school.
Meg Whitman was born in 1956. She grew up in Lloyd Harbor, which is adjacent to Cold Spring Harbor. She attended Cold Spring High in her teen years. Meg was the CEO of E-Bay from 1998 to 2008. Meg Whitman has endorsed several senators and is currently running for 2010 California state governor.
There are other notable former residents of Cold Spring Harbor such as Randall Tolson, a famous artisan and clockmaker. Wally Szcerbiack was also a resident of Cold Spring Harbor and played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.