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'Trouble with girls' boffin Sir Tim Hunt quits posts


Sir Tim Hunt

Sir Tim Hunt


Sir Tim Hunt

A Nobel laureate whose comments about the "trouble with girls" sparked an outcry has resigned from two senior positions.

Sir Tim Hunt, who was awarded the 2001 Nobel prize for medicine, had already apologised for telling scientists: "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."

He held the role of honorary professor with University College London's Faculty of Life Sciences but yesterday it confirmed he has resigned. And after the Royal Society, where Sir Tim is a fellow, distanced itself from his remarks, he resigned from its biological sciences awards committee.

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