Tim Hunt, who was awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2001, reportedly told a conference in South Korea: “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 apologised for any offence and resigned from his position as honorary professor with the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. But Sir Tim says he was not given an opportunity to explain his statement.
“At no point did they ask me for an explanation for what I said or to put it in context,” he told The Observer.
“They just said I had to go. There has been an enormous rush to judgment in dealing with me.”
He said he had been “hung out to dry” and added: “I have been stripped of all the things I was doing in science. I have no further influence.”
A UCL spokesman said: “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.”