The Nobel winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt who said “Scientists should work in single-sex labs and that the trouble with ‘girls’ is that they cause men to fall in love with them and when you criticise them, they cry,” has resigned from his position as honorary professor at University College London (UCL).
Tim Hunt, had made the comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea, where he said: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”
UCL published a statement on their website and said that it could confirm that Hunt had resigned on Wednesday from his position as honorary professor with the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences after the comments he made about women in science at the World Conference of Science Journalists on June 9.
The statement also said “UCL was the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men, and the university believes that this outcome is compatible with our commitment to gender equality.”
Sir Tim Hunt, 72, was awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2001 for his work on how cells divide and he was knighted by the Queen in 2006.