Forced Resignation And Refusal Of Reinstatement – Sir Tom Hunts Future Looks Bleak

Sir Tim Hunt had sparked controversy after making a joke at a press conference in South Korea. He was forced to resign soon after due to the ‘sexist’ comments.

Professor Michael Arthur, president of University College London, stated that Sir Tim Hunt was right to give in his resignation as his comments had struck such a discordant note with the women.

Sir Tim Hunt, who is a Nobel Prize winner, had said at the conference: “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.”

Professor Arthur said that although he regretted the personal difficulty that Hunt is going through but gender equality is above that.

The University’s aim to create a working environment where women feel supported, Professor Arthur felt that such comments were at odds with that aim.

Arthur, in a statement in the staff news section of the UCL website, said that Hunt’s offer of resignation was his personal choice and the honourable thing to do.

He admitted hat he has been getting many calls to reinstate Hunt but he strongly feel that the decision was a correct one.

“Our view is that reversing that decision would send entirely the wrong signal and I have reason to believe that Sir Tim would also not want that to happen,” he said.

Many professors, Nobel Prize winners and scientists have supported Hunt, calling for his reinstatement.
The evolutionary biologist and author, Professor Richard Dawkins, described criticism of Hunt as a “witch-hunt”.

Sir Andre Geim, of the University of Manchester, who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 2010, told The Times that Hunt had been “crucified” by ideological fanatics. He also slammed UCL for “ousting him” from his post.

Avram Hershko, an Israeli scientist who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, told the paper: “Maybe he wanted to be funny and was jet lagged, but then the criticism in the social media and in the press was very much out of proportion. So was his prompt dismissal — or resignation — from his post at UCL . . . I think that he was very unfairly treated.”

Despite all these statements , Arthur said an honorary appointment, given to Sir Tim, is meant to bring honur, both to the university and to the person.

He added that he felt that Hunt has apologized for his remarks and they in way diminish his work as a scientist.

“However, they do contradict the basic values of UCL – even if meant to be taken lightly – and because of that I believe we were right to accept his resignation.

“Our commitment to gender equality and our support for women in science was and is the ultimate concern.”



  1. Don says

    It’s bizarre – not to say outright fascist – that an offhanded remark, essentially humorous in nature, can be used to beat a great man’s career to death. To the extent that it spoke truth to power, he should have stuck to his guns. But of course, we live in an age when social policy drives even science. One wonders what would have been the outcome if a female scientist had made sexist remarks regarding men. Based on the history – nothing. Laughter, perhaps. Civilization is in danger.

    • RealityBites says

      Must always speak nicely to the PC Monkey boss, otherwise it will throw feces at you and banish you from the tribe.

    • Rivkah says

      Why can’t people understand that sometimes older people don’t always keep up with what is ‘proper’ in this regard? He didn’t mean anything hateful by his comments. It is not justified to end his career for this. Too much PC, sometimes.

  2. RealityBites says

    How pathetic, put anyone under the PC microscope and never allow even a single slip, kiss goodbye to every intelligent person in the world. Pity the PC crowd have an IQ less than a rock… Mankind is truly doomed.

    I guess when you have to deal with brain dead imbeciles like the PC crowd, there isn’t much point in continuing mankind, they have inbred the DNA back to the monkey.

    Must smile to the PC monkey boss or it will throw banana’s at you and banish you from the tribe.

  3. Bradley Jenkins says

    A nobel prize winner, and the way he is treated. Every man can make a mistake (even if it was intentional and the truth)

  4. John says

    Forced to resign by a mob using an out of context statement and not understanding a joke.

    “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.

    “Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls?”

    “Now seriously, I’m impressed by the economic development of Korea.

    And women scientists played, without doubt an important role in it. Science needs women and you should do science despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me.”

  5. Randy says

    On the plus side, UCL has lost a Nobel-winning scientist, which will impact their REF 2020 submission. Well done guys! What a great way to shoot yourselves in the foot.

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