Tim Hunt, winner of the 2001 Nobel price in physiology, used a convention addressing senior female scientists at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, to voice his self-proclaimed 'chauvinist' views on women, well, actually "girls," in the sciences.


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.

Hunt also said he was in favor of laboratories being segregated by gender, perhaps, for his own protection, because he is so dreamy, we're all falling in love with him already, right?

He has since apologized (sort of) on the BBC's Radio 4 Today:

It was a very stupid thing to do in the presence of all those journalists....I'm really, really sorry I caused any offence, that's awful. I certainly didn't mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.

I did mean the part about having trouble with girls. It is true that people - I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field.

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