A Nobel prize-winning scientist has been forced to apologise for saying female colleagues “fall in love” in the workplace and “cry” when criticised.
Sir Tim Hunt, a Cambridge PhD graduate, has come under fire for telling a group of Korean scientists that women distract men from work and should be in same-sex laboratories.
“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,” he said.
The 72-year-old also admitted to the audience that he was a “chauvinist pig”.
When I read this yesterday I was obviously outraged (me being a woman in science and all), but today, not only did he resign, but Women in Science took twitter to have the last word under the hashtag
#Distractinglysexy, and you just have to go look, it’s amazing. Here are some (see more part 2 – part 3):
Team Neutrophil (@teamneutrophil) June 11, 2015
Danielle Spitzer (@dspitzzz) June 11, 2015
Geeky Girl Engineer (@gkygirlengineer) June 11, 2015
Elisabetta (@RunningPostdoc) June 11, 2015
Rocket Scientista (@rockstarscience) June 11, 2015
Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) June 11, 2015
Becca⚡️ (@BeccaPritchy) June 11, 2015
Sarah Durant (@SarahMDurant) June 11, 2015
Point Mutation (@Point_Mutation) June 11, 2015
Lucie de Beauchamp (@lu_debeauchamp) June 11, 2015
Lorna Richardson (@lornarichardson) June 11, 2015
Meg Massa (@MegMassa) June 11, 2015
Sonja Vernes (@Sonja_Vernes) June 11, 2015
Cindy Renate (@CindyRenate) June 11, 2015
Brandy (@brandy_v) June 11, 2015
Faye Montgomery (@fayezie) June 11, 2015
laura baxter (@scientist_me) June 10, 2015