Nobel Prize winner says women cry in labs, harm science

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm
British winners of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine Dr. Tim Hunt (R) and Sir Paul Nurse talk to journalists at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund center in London October 8, 2001. Cancer cell pioneers Hunt and Nurse together with Leland Hartwell of the U.S. share the prestigious $1 million prize for ground breaking research that could help find a cure for cancer, still one of the biggest killers in the developed world. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist has apologized for saying the “trouble with girls” working in science labs is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science.

Tim Hunt, 72, made the comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, according to audience members.

Connie St Louis of London’s City University tweeted that Hunt said when women work alongside men in labs, “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.”

Hunt, joint recipient of the 2001 Nobel for medicine, said he was trying to be humorous. He told BBC radio on Wednesday that he was “really, really sorry I caused any offense.”

Then he added: “I did mean the part about having trouble with girls.”

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