Male and Female Coauthors of #TimHunt

After allegation of sexist , Nobel Prize Winner and Tim Hunt resigned as honorary professor from UCL. I wanted to look into his web of relations as described in the last posts, his coauthored publications, and display the names together with the information of the sex of the author.

Tim Hunt started his academic career 50 years ago in 1964 in Cambridge In this time, he authored a huge amount of publications, he has an h-factor of 74 and an i-10 factor of 157 according to Google Scholar. Hunt_100_2I want to show in the following pictures how many female scientists he worked with and how many female coauthors he had during his time. The bibliographic data of the 100 most important publications (most cited in general) was fetched from Google Scholar and processed with the Graph Analysis Tool presented in earlier posts.

The first graph on the left side shows all authors with more than 2 coauthored publications. We can clearly see, that Tim authored his publications with many different authors, which all have a low number of shared publications. The highest number of publications (10) he authored with Julian Gannon.

The figure with at least 2 publications shows 15 female out of 53 authors, which is roughly 28%. Looking at 3 or 4 coauthored publications, we also count 7 out of 24 (29%) and 5 out of 17 (29%) women, respectively. Stating that, it seems like important academic work of Tim Hunt was done by women, roughly 30% of the important authors are women.

Now, plotting all authors, we get a huge web ob people with a total number of 203 authors and 688 relationships. In this list, there are many international names, sometimes it’s hard to identify if the belongs to a man or women. Forgive me (and please correct me), when there are minor errors. Out of the 203 authors, 63 are women, which is a slightly higher percentage than before, 31%.


Now, according to the article “Research reveals a gender gap in the nation’s biology labs” from MIT, the actual precetange of post-docs, assistant professors, and full professors is 40%,  36%, and 18%, respectively. The report also states, that “between 1969 and 2009, the percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in the life sciences grew from 15 percent to 52 percent, but women still lag when it comes to faculty appointments.”

Assuming that the publications cover the full timeline from the beginning to Hunt’s career until now with a higher number of older publications (as they are probably cited more often), the number of 30% women matches the numbers reported from that time.


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