“Tim Hunt’s findings in lab disproved as stress expert says men cry more at work”

“Contrary to Nobel laureate’s remark, quickly defended by London mayor Boris Johnson, Prof Ad Vingerhoets says his study found women wept less at work”


Tim Hunt is a scientist and Nobel laureate who was forced to resign after making the following comment about women in science: ““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.”

An essay on May 2020 TOK essay Prescribed Title #3 must focus on analyzing how important it is that individual circumstances affect how a person’s knowledge is viewed. Tim Hunt’s personal circumstance in this RLE include his science background, his Nobel prize but most importantly his gender and his views on women in science. His personal circumstance could also include his nationality. These personal circumstances definitely have an effect on how people view his scientific work. But does this matter?

Hunt did research that argued that women cry more at work but newer research by another researcher contradicts Hunt’s findings: “Prof Ad Vingerhoets has told the Guardian that his only comprehensive and completed study of crying in a work environment showed that men were more likely to break down.” https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/17/tim-hunts-findings-in-lab-disproved-as-stress-expert-says-men-cry-more-at-work

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