A sexist comment is a sexist comment and justice should be for all even if the comment was made from the well-known Sir Tim Hunt; Nobel Prize winner of 2001. He was forced to resign from his position at University College London after he made a sexist comment on a lady in a lab. The Daily Mail report revealed that the President of the university; Michael Arthur is getting pressure from various other scientists to bring him back to his position. Arthur anyhow is firm on his stance that the demand for his resignation was justified.
Sir Tim Hunt has truly stirred up a hornet’s nest. His controversial remarks for women have led to his removal from the University College London. In the latest news, the college maintained that he would not be reinstated.
Prof Hunt was at the receiving end of public ire when he said the following about women, at a science journalism conference in South Korea last month – “Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls?”
This banter by the Nobel Prize winning scientist was not received well. It sparked off the #distractinglysexy trend celebrating female scientists on Twitter. Prof Michael Arthur held that his comments were at odds with the university’s aim of creating a working environment where women felt supported. He reiterated the institution’s commitment towards gender equality and support for women in science.
However, Prof Hunt’s supporters maintained that his remarks were indeed a self-deprecating satirical joke and were taken out of context by his opponents. However, following the public outrage, Prof Hunt himself resigned from prestigious posts at University College London, the Royal Society and European Research Council (ERC).
The 72-year-old Prof is a distinguished scientist who received the Nobel Price with two other researchers in 2001 for his work on the cell cycle, discovered the cyclin molecule and is credited for furthering the understanding of cancer.
As of now, it seems that his reinstatement hangs in the balance.