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102 year old professor refuses to retire from university post

102 year old professor refuses to retire from university post

A 102-year-old science professor in Australia has said he hopes to continue his research, despite being ordered to leave his university post on health grounds.

Edith Cowan University in Perth told Dr David Goodall he was “unfit” to carry on working on campus in his unpaid capacity, which involved reviewing academic papers and supervising students.

The ecology expert’s career has spanned over 70 years and would make a 90 minute commute, including taking two buses and a train, up to four times a week to the campus in the north of the city.

The university said Dr Goodall would only be allowed on campus for prearranged meetings and should be accompanied by a carer, amid concerns from colleagues over his safety.

“I would hope that my example may lead to other people being able to continue being active in their field, up to a very advanced age like me,” Dr Goodall told ABC News. “They should be given every opportunity of doing so in the society in which we live in. Read more 

 

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