American astronomer Jeffrey Marcywho discovered the first outer planets, From US National Academy of Sciences (Nas), after his conviction sexual harassment. This is the first time that the Scientific Council has acted with one of its members to act urgently and without the consent of the other person.
The academy, founded in 1863, sent an email to all of its members stating that Marcy, 66, had been expelled for misconduct.
The complaint was executed by the French scientist العالم Francois Xavier Coudertwho presented documented evidence against the astrophysicist for two years. However, it has been studied until the fall of 2020.
The accused, who is also a computational chemist at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), pointed out three other members of the council. It was about the evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayalacancer biologist, Under Firma and view information Sergio Verdo.
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Marcy, known as the most prolific investigator within the NAS for counting the most discoveries, has been revoked since May 24, arguing that the member violated the US company’s harassment policies.
The decision was also revealed to the media with scientific implications, such as “Science Insider,” a site where the scientist’s departure was announced. This decision was made with the approval of the majority of the Council, with more than two-thirds of the votes in favor of his expulsion.
However, this was not the first event that Marcy was involved in sexual harassment cases. Since 1995, San Francisco State University has denounced a professor for attacking his students.
But it wasn’t until 2015, when the University of California (UC), at Berkeley, presented the case of four students. Students were subjected to harassment during the season from 2001 to 2015, the years in which the astronomer failed to comply with the academic institution’s anti-sexual harassment policies.
Faced with these accusations, al-Kawakibi researcher stressed that he had always supported equal opportunities and success for women within the academy and in the scientific field.
“My attractive and emotional style can certainly be misunderstood, and it’s my fault for misunderstanding. I will not intentionally hurt anyone or cause distress,” objected to Science Insider.
In addition, the spectrographer spoke of his expulsion from the NAS: “I’ve been completely out of the Regulating Academy for more than five years,” he said.
Coudert, the investigator who carried out the think-tank members’ accusations, said Marcy’s firing was “a positive step, but a small step.”
However, he emphasized that the failure to take action against other defendants, such as Verdú and Verma, “shows that the NAS policy is very weak, and therefore ineffective. They allow the bad guys to remain members of the academy.”