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David Goodall, PhD, DSc Biography

Former botanist and ecologist
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Up to the age of 90 I was enjoying life, but not now. It has passed me by, and I have done the best I can with it. My abilities and eyesight are declining, and I no longer want to live this way. I am happy to have this opportunity [physician-assisted suicide], which I call the Swiss option. I hope something positive will come out of my story and that other countries will adopt a more liberal view of assisted suicide. I’d like to be remembered as an instrument for freeing the elderly to choose their own death.”

Helena Backmann and Doug Stanglin, “David Goodall, 104, Takes Final Journey at Swiss Assisted-Suicide Clinic,”, May 10, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Ecosystem Management, Joondalup Campus, Edith Cowan University, 1998-2018
  • Recipient, Distinguished Statistical Ecologist Award, International Association for Ecology, 1994
  • Recipient, ScD honoris causa, University of Trieste (Italy), 1990
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Division of Wildlife and Ecology (now Division of Land Resources Management), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Management (CSIRO), 1979-1990
  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Division of Land Resources Management, Canberra, Deniliquin, and Perth (Australia), CSIRO 1974-1979
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the Swedish Coniferous Forest Project, 1974-1979
  • Editor-in-Chief, Ecosystems of the World, 1972-2005
  • Professor, Systems Ecology, Ecology Centre, Utah State University, 1968-1974
  • Former Cofounder, Desert Biome Project, International Biological Project
  • Professor, Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine, 1967-1968
  • Honorary Reader, Botany, University of Western Australia, 1965-1967
  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Division of Mathematical Statistics at Perth (Australia), CSIRO, 1961-1967
  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Division of Plant Science, CSIRO 1956-1961
  • Director, Tobacco Research Institute in Queensland (Australia), CSIRO, 1956-1961
  • Professor, Agricultural Botany, University of Reading (United Kingdom), 1954-1961
  • DSc, University of Melbourne, 1953
  • PhD, University of London Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1941
  • BSc, University of London Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1935
  • Dr. Goodall traveled to a Swiss assisted suicide clinic where he ended his life on May 10, 2018 at 104 years old
  • Married three times with three sons and one daughter, 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren
  • Dr. Goodall retired in 1979
  • Senior Lecturer and Reader, Botany, University College of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana) in Achimota (Ghana), 1952-1954
  • Senior Lecturer, Botany, University of Melbourne, 1948-1952
  • Plant Physiologist, West African Cacao Research Institute in Tafo (Ghana), 1946-1947
  • Research Assistant and Scientific Officer, Research Institute of Plant Physiology, East Mailing Research Station in Kent (United Kingdom), 1939-1946
  • Born on Apr. 4, 1914 in London, England
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  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?