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Female scientists 'too concerned about how they're perceived'

June 12th, 2015

Episode 430 of 1333 episodes

A senior female scientist has defended the Nobel Science laureate who has resigned from his university post after making contentious comments about "girls in labs". Sir Tim Hunt had said odd things that sounded terrible, but he was not a sexist, said Prof Dame Valerie Beral, director of Oxford University's Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford. Prof Dame Beral told Today "he's a very kind and very eccentric, unworldly sort of man", and that his comments have been misinterpreted.

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