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Scientist angers audience with views on women in physics
A senior scientist has given what has been described as a highly offensive presentation about the role of women in physics, the BBC has learned.At a workshop organised by Cern, Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University said that physics was invented and built by men, it's not by invitation.He said male scientists were being discriminated against because of ideology rather than merit.He was speaking at a workshop in Geneva on gender and high energy physics. Prof Strumia has since defended his comments, saying he was only presenting the facts.
Cern, the European nuclear research centre, described Prof Strumia's presentation as highly offensive. The centre, which discovered the Higgs Boson in 2012, has removed slides used in the talk from its website in line with a code of conduct that does not tolerate personal attacks and insults. Prof Strumia, who regularly works at Cern, presented the results of a study of published research papers from an online library. He told his audience of young, predominantly female physicists that his results proved that physics is not sexist against women. However the truth does not matter, because it is part of a political battle coming from outside.He produced a series of graphs which, he claimed, showed that women were hired over men whose research was cited more by other scientists in their publications, which is an indication of higher quality. He also presented data that he claimed showed that male and female researchers were equally cited at the start of their careers but men scored progressively better as their careers progressed. Prof Strumia pointed to behavioural research which he suggested may account for the disparity. One study, he told his audience, indicated that men prefer working with things and women prefer working with people and another, he claimed, suggested that there was a difference even in children before any
A senior professor tells a workshop in Switzerland that men, not women, face discrimination in physics.
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