Brit-born scientist’s birthday wish as he turns 104- to die at euthanasia clinic

When academic David Goodall turned 104 last month surrounded by friends and family, he had one wish – to die.

The British-born scientist wants to end his life at a euthanasia clinic as he ‘greatly regrets having reached that age’.

And his wish will soon be granted, as he will travel to Switzerland this week to end his life at a euthanasia clinic in Basel.

Australian Goodall served as an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University until recently.


But his physical condition and quality of life has since slowly deteriorated.

"I greatly regret having reached that age," the ecologist told broadcaster ABC on his birthday earlier this month. "I’m not happy. I want to die."

He added: "It’s not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented.

"My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide."


Voluntary euthanasia is not legal in his home state of Western Australia, and while Victoria last year became the first Australian state to legalise assisted dying, Goodall is not eligible as he is not terminally ill.

His family supports his decision, including his clinical psychologist daughter Karen Goodall-Smith.

He will be accompanied on his journey by a representative from advocacy group Exit International, who raised almost $20,000 Australian dollars (£11,000) for the trip.

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