Yes, Tim Hunt won the Nobel Prize for his work in the realm of biochemistry and yes, his work remains invaluable to the scientific community, but unfortunately for Hunt, these accomplishments have now been pushed to the background and maybe into Internet oblivion forever.
Thanks to his sexist comments, #TimHunt and #DistractinglySexy have now made Tim Hunt a household name all over the world, and we’re sure this wasn’t the kind of fame he was looking for!
It all began when Hunt, during a women scientists’ conference in South Korea, blurted out these words, “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 criticize them, they cry.”
Well, most of the world, and all of womankind for that matter, especially those who were working their heads off in labs and research facilities across the globe, were infuriated once this ball got rolling and soon enough, the great scientist got back his due. In fact, if the wave of contributions to the hashtags #TimHunt and #DistractinglySexy are any indication, the retribution will go on for a while.
Of course, the Royal Society fellow and University College London faculty of Life Sciences resigned from his post and of course he apologized for his comments, but all that won’t go far because the damage has already been done. Actually, some of his explanations later on didn’t quite help much either.
“I did mean the part about having trouble with girls. 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. I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult,” he said while speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program – but we doubt anyone was paying attention.
Why? Because the world was busy looking at, and contributing to the following!
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