Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize-winning scientist, resigns honorary U.K. post after sexist remarks
British biochemist said mixed-gender research environments 'very disruptive to the science'
A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who said there was "trouble with girls" working in laboratories has resigned from his honorary post at University College London.
Tim Hunt apologized for his remarks at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea but had stood by his assertion that mixed-gender labs were disruptive. The university said Wednesday he had left his position after "comments he made about women in science."
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UCL says it's the "first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men" and "this outcome is compatible with our commitment to gender equality."
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, a biochemist who jointly won the 2001 Nobel for physiology or medicine, said he was just trying to be funny.