Emeritus Professor David Goodall is 104 years old and wants to die.
He’s Australia’s oldest working scientist, and is considered a leading botanist and ecologist, developing numerical methods in ecology, particularly in the study of vegetation.
But he says his health is failing, he’s now ready to pass away.
Speaking to the ABC, Dr. Goodall said “I greatly regret having reached this age.
“I’m not happy. I want to die. It’s not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented.
“If one chooses to kill oneself, then that should be fair enough. I don’t think anyone else should interfere.”
Goodall, who has been a member of non-profit, pro-euthanasia organisation Exit International for twenty years, wanted to go through with assisted suicide at his home in Perth with loved ones by his side, but because euthanasia is illegal in Australia he will travel to Switzerland to do so instead.
Exit International has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for David to make the journey.
The goal of $17,000 was reached in 8 days, and at the time of publication, had reached more than $18,500.
In 2016, Goodall made headlines after he fought to overturn a decision made by the University of Melbourne to kick him out of his office after he was declared unfit to be on campus. He was working there as an honorary research associate, which was an unpaid role reviewing academic papers and supervising PhD students.
Goodall plans to fly to Switzerland with his long-time friend, Exit International’s West Australian coordinator and nurse Carol O’Neil tomorrow.
The ABC has more.
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