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Nobel scientist forced to resign for saying that there’s such a thing as on-the-job romance

June 12, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

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Tim Hunt: Drummed out for noticing the obvious

Here’s what Hunt said:

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” Hunt told the audience at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea on Tuesday, according to people who were present.

“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.”


He actually noticed that there’s such a thing as on-the-job romance, and that when attractive men and attractive women work side by side, love tends to…happen. And I myself, having worked in offices full of women, can tell you all about the tears.


Amid all of this self-righteous wrath hardly any anyone in the press got around to mentioning what Hunt had received the Nobel Prize for. Along with Paul Nurse and Leland Hartwell, Hunt was awarded the Nobel for physiology or medicine in 2001 for discovering the proteins that regulate cell division–a key understanding of the workings of life. Queen Elizabeth knighted him in 2006.

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