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The misogynist scientist. Self described as "male chauvinist". He made headlines for saying that women in labs are good for three things: falling in love with you, making you falling in love with them, and crying when criticized. As if that wasn’t enough, he also advocated gender-segregated labs.
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by wolf 2 years ago
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A British biochemist and 2001 Nobel prize winner for his discovery of proteins responsible for cell duplication. He became famous to the masses in June 2015 after indignant tweets quoting his ostensibly sexist remarks about women in research went viral. He had been asked, at a scientific conference in Korea with many female scientists in attendance, to say a few remarks about women in science, and said

"It's strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women 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. 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."

Some insulted listeners of that speech tweeted about his comments, and, within a single day, the issue quickly spiraled into a social media frenzy, resulting in his resignation from an honorary professor position with the University College London's Faculty of Life Sciences and from the Royal Society's Biological Sciences Awards Committee.

He has lamented his choice of comments at the conference, stating that he made them in a jocular tone. His wife, a self-described feminist, has also defended his statements as, though short-sighted and stupid, harmless. He has expressed sadness and disappointment at how quickly his affiliated institutions chose to distance themselves from him without having tried to clarify the issue with his take on the story.

This undoubtedly shows the power and infiltration of social media, notably Twitter, into our lives, and society's bias towards subjective, rash action over measured deliberation.
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by Bagheera 2 years ago
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A Nobel laureate who has resigned from his position as honorary professor after he made comments about the "trouble with girls" in science.
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by boneless chicken 2 years ago
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