Rocks for Tea

A blog by Phormulater

Science is the loser here

by Phormulater
on June 21, 2015
When a man or women makes a contribution as great as Sir Tim Hunt’s, it’s not right that a couple of sentences should destroy their reputation and legacy.

For those of you who have been living under a pile of sedimentary rocks, Sir Tim was forced to resign from University College London last week. Otherwise, he would have been sacked for making the following comment at the World Conference of Science Journalists in 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.” This statement was the catalyst of a shameful furore stirred up by social media, poorly researched editorials and universities.


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