This week, a Nobel laureate resigned his post after controversy surrounding comments about women in the lab. He joked that when women enter labs (a previously male-only space), three things happen: they fall in love with men, men fall in love with them, and they cry.
Later, he apologised, after a fashion, saying that he should not have spoken “like that in front of so many journalists”.
And now, yes, he has resigned.
How can we view this?
We can view it as an act of revenge- bitter women, insulted by this great man and determined to bring him down. We can see it as irrelevant to his work- our focus on our own hurt feelings threatening to bring back scientific progress.
After all, everyone knows that science ain’t for wusses.
We could view it like that. Or we can take a look at the effects of leaving him as he was on science as a whole. Continue reading “Tim Hunt has resigned. This is good. This is not about revenge.”