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Nobel Prize Winner Resigns After Sexist Remarks

Dr. Tim Hunt, head of cell cycle control at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund is pictured after winning the Nobel Prize for M
Dr. Tim Hunt, head of cell cycle control at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund is pictured after winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine in London Monday, Oct. 8, 2001. Sir Paul Nurse and Tim Hunt share the award with American Dr Leland H. Hartwell Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) - A British Nobel laureate has resigned as a professor at a London university after saying women scientists should work in segregated laboratories.

Tim Hunt, 72, was reported to have told a delegates at a conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday: "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."

Hunt, who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001, also told the conference he had a reputation for being a chauvinist. He apologized on Wednesday saying he was being honest and had meant his comments to be light-hearted.

"Tim Hunt has today resigned from his position as Honorary Professor with the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, following comments he made about women in science at the World Conference of Science Journalists on 9 June," University College London said in a statement on Wednesday.

"UCL was the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men, and the university believes that this outcome is compatible with our commitment to gender equality." (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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