A 102-year-old scientist from Australia has been given rights to continue his research on campus at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth. Dr David Goodall, who is dubbed Australia’s oldest working scientist, was asked to operate from home after the university reportedly felt his presence presented a health and safety risk due to his age.
But he contested the move as he wanted to continue working at the university. Goodall has worked at the educational institution for more than 20 years and has studied ecology for 70.
He has now been provided with an alternative workspace and will serve as an unpaid honorary research associate for another three years.
Confirming the new arrangement made for Goodall, vice-chancellor Steve Chapman said that both the sides had to compromise to accommodate the ecologist at the university campus.
Chapman noted that ECU has found a “better” office for Goodall, which will also be closer to …