Nobel scientist says women in science 'fall in love' and 'cry' in labs
British biochemist Sir Tim Hunt has been accused of 'sexism' after calling for segregated science labs
Nobel prize winner Sir Tim Hunt has an issue with female scientists - they're too distracting romantically and they cry when criticised.
Hunt, 72, an English biochemist who admitted he has a reputation for being a 'chauvinist', reportedly told the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea:
“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.”
He added that he was "in favour of single-sex labs" but "doesn't want to stand in the way of women."
His comments were tweeted by Connie St Louis, director of the science journalism program at City University London, who wrote:
"Why are the British so embarrassing abroad?
"Really does this Nobel Laureate think we are still in Victorian times???"
The Royal Society, of which Hunt is a fellow, has distanced itself from his remarks, saying:
"The Royal Society believes that in order to achieve everything that it can, science needs to make the best use of the research capabilities of the entire population.
“Too many talented individuals do not fulfil their scientific potential because of issues such as gender and the Society is committed to helping to put this right.”
After an online backlash against Hunt's 'sexist' remarks, he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he did not intend any offence - but stood by his comments.