Just because you’re educated doesn’t mean you’re smart.
Sir Tim Hunt, who won the Noble Prize in 2001, quit his job as honorary professor at the University College London Faculty of Life Sciences because of extremely sexist comments he made.
The 72-year-old was in South Korea giving a speech for the World Conference of Science Journalists when 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 criticize them, they cry.”
Hunt apologized on BBC Radio 4’s Today saying it was supposed to be a joke. But the knighted scientist has stated the he is in favor of segregated labs for men and women.
The University College London Faculty of Life Sciences posted on their website, “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.”
Looks like Hunt needs more educating, and female scientists have taken to social media to school him. Check out #distractinglysexy on Twitter and Instagram.
— Point Mutation (@Point_Mutation) June 11, 2015
British biochemist and Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt resigned after he made sexist comments about women in science.