David Goodall: How Australia's Oldest Scientist Ended His Own Life Aged 104

David Goodall: How Australia's Oldest Scientist Ended His Own Life Aged 104

Goodall died at a clinic in Switzerland while listening to the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a melody known to music lovers around the world as "Ode to Joy".

The 104-year-old scientist, an accomplished botanist and ecologist, had always been a member of the organization Exit International, an international nonprofit group advocating for the legalization of euthanasia.

Goodall's journey from Australia to Europe attracted a lot of public attention, of which he confessed he was "rather surprised".

David has no belief in the afterlife, Dr Nitschke said.

Earlier this week, Goodall said he resented having to travel so far to carry out his plan, but was relieved the end was near.

"I would love to be able to walk into the bush again, and see what is all around me", added the father of four, who during his long life had three wives. "But my lack of vision would seriously impair it".

It differs from euthanasia, which is a third-party intervention to end a life to relieve suffering, such as when a doctor administers the lethal dose.

"At my age, I get up in the morning". "I just wish Australia offered me this possibility". I was a bit sorry to say goodbye to my family in Bordeaux but that's the way it was. Goodall's home state of Western Australia is now debating whether to introduce the policy.

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He said he hoped his story would "increase the pressure" on governments to change laws on assisted suicide.

"On behalf of the entire ECU community, I extend my sincerest condolences to his family during this time", Professor Omari said. "I'm happy that this period beforehand has been used to interview me, and I've brought the ideas of euthanasia to light".

Several US states have a form of physician-assisted suicide, as do a small number of countries including Japan, Belgium and Switzerland.

A grandfather of 12, Dr Goodall moved from London to Australia as a child and turned 104 on 4 April.

But when asked if he had any second thoughts, the renowned ecologist and botanist said: "No".

"I would quite like to be remembered as an instrument of freeing the elderly from the need to pursue their life irrespective", the honorary research associate at Perth's Edith Cowman University said, according to The Local.

According to The New Daily, Goodall, a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to science, worked in plant ecology and natural resource management well past the page of 100.

Matt Valliere, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told CNA in e-mail comments that it would "be a mistake" to use Goodall's death as an example in advocating for legalized assisted suicide.

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