Boaty McBoatface Scientists Tell MP Committee They Would Do It All Again

'Now I hate science forever.'

The scientists behind the poll to rename a new polar research vessel have declared the initiative "an incredible success".

Professor Duncan Wingham, head of the National Environment Research Council said the row had "put a smile" on people's faces.

The result of the poll was ignored by ministers.

They chose to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead.

A submarine on board the ship is to be called Boaty McBoatface instead.

Prof Wingham said: "We could make the claim that because of that there are hundreds of thousands of people, not only in the UK but around the world, who know about us and the science that we have done.

He added: "In many ways we feel this has been an astonishingly great outcome for us. In addition, it has put a smile on everyone's face."

The scientists said they would do the whole thing over again.


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