Knighted professor resigns after telling conference about ‘the trouble with girls in science’

SIR Tim Hunt, Nobel laureate and honorary professor, has resigned from his post at University College London after making controversial remarks about women in science.
At the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea on Tuesday (June 9), the 72-year-old 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, which was one of the first universities in England to admit women students on equal terms to men, has released a statement confirming that Sir Tim Hunt FRS had resigned from his post as honorary professor with their faculty of life sciences.
Speaking to BBC’s Radio 4, the British man said that he had meant his comments to be light-hearted and ironic but they were taken seriously, although he stated that he stood by some of the comments and did mean the part about having trouble with girls.
He explained that he had fallen in love in the lab and emotional entanglements were very disruptive to science, and apologised for causing offence, claiming he just meant to be honest.

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