Inside Higher Ed
June 11th, 2015
Tim Hunt, a British biochemist who shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in
Medicine, on Wednesday quit his job as a professor at University College
London amid criticism over his comments on women.
The university issued a statement
confirming his resignation. “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,” said the statement.
Hunt has apologized for comments he made about women in science, Times Higher Education
reported. In remarks at an event in South Korea before the meeting of
the World Conference of Science Journalists, 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…. I’m in favor of single-sex labs.”