Dr David Goodal, a 102-year-old scientist has won a battle to keep working on ecology research on campus at an Australian university, showing that you are not too old to work if you want to.
Goodall was ordered to work from home next year after his presence at Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University was deemed a safety risk. However, the university has now found an alternative workspace.
Australia’s oldest working scientist, Goodall has produced more than 100 research papers in an ecology career spanning 70 years. He is currently an unpaid honorary research associate.
After two decades at Edith Cowan University, Goodall was told in August 2016 to vacate his office when staff raised concerns about his safety. It was another setback for the ecologist, who was recently forced to give up theatre when his declining vision prevented him from driving to rehearsals.
Fortunately for Goodall, the university found “better” office space at a campus closer to his home. “I am pleased we have found a solution that will ensure David can continue to be based at ECU,” vice-chancellor Steve Chapman told the BBC.
Goodall said he was grateful the university was able to accommodate him. “I hope to continue with some useful work in my field in so far as my eyesight permits,” he told the ABC during an interview. “But I still think the emphasis on safety was unnecessary.”