The Royal Society's embattled director of education has resigned, days after causing uproar among scientists by appearing to endorse the teaching of creationism in science classes.
Professor Michael Reiss, a biologist and ordained Church of England clergyman, agreed to step down from his position with the U.K.'s national academy of science after it decided his comments had damaged its reputation.
His resignation follows a campaign by senior fellows of the august institution, led by a Nobel prize-winner, who were angered by Professor Reiss' suggestion that science teachers should treat creationist beliefs "not as a misconception but as a world view."
Sir Richard Roberts, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1993, described such views as outrageous, and organized a letter to its president, Lord Rees of Ludlow, demanding that Professor Reiss be sacked.
Phil Willis, the chairman of the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee, was tomorrow due to meet Royal Society officers to demand an explanation of his comments and the academy's position.