Nobel Laureate resigns from honorary post following sexist comments

June 12, 2015

Tim Hunt, a joint recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, has stepped down from his honorary post at University College London after saying that mixed-gender labs were “disruptive.” Hunt said that he favoured “single-sex labs” and that he had “trouble with girls” working in laboratories because “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.” He later apologized, claiming that he was trying to be funny; nevertheless, he said during his apology that “I did mean the part about having trouble with girls.” Hunt’s statement prompted a significant backlash, including the Twitter hashtag #distractinglysexy, used by women scientists to sarcastically critique his comment. Toronto Star | CBC | Times Higher Education