'Sexism Shame Scientist Considered Suicide'

28 January 2016, 12:44

Tim Hunt Considered Suicide Over Sexism

Writer Jon Ronson tells James O'Brien that scientist Tim Hunt admitted suicidal thoughts after being caught up in a huge sexism in science row over comments he made.

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Writer Jon Ronson reveals how Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt admitted to suicidal thoughts after being caught up in a sexism row on Twitter after comments about women in science.

Ronson joined James O'Brien to talk about the new paperback edition of his book So You've Been Publically Shamed, which covers people who have become infamous online.

At a show in London last night, Ronson spoke to Tim Hunt about what happened after the Nobel Prize winner claimed that female scientists were more likely to "cry" or "fall in love" with their male counterparts.

Hunt faced huge criticism on Twitter and Facebook over those remarks and as Ronson describes, it pushed Hunt towards thoughts of taking his own life.

Watch that clip above, or check out Jon's full interview with James below:

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