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Oldest working scientists to keep teaching at Uni

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Let the man work. He has earned to leave under his own power. That job is keeping him alive.
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At the age of 102, Australia's oldest working scientist says he has not given up hope he can retain his office and freedom on campus after a Perth university told him to leave his post.
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Amazing that someone that old can have a mind that sharp. Goes to show us just how resilient the human body really can be.
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Has there been any further comment from the university on this? Obviously we only have the footage here to go off but he seems pretty mobile and lucid to me. He's also capable of catching a couple of buses each way 4 days a week.
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You would think the university would have an understanding of social isolation and loneliness with the elderly and the consequences of imposing that. Let him stay on I say with the assistance of a carer if they have concerns re safety.
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If we can keep Politicians half his age in a nice office doing a great imitation of"Yes Minister" then surely this man can remain in his office actually contributing positively to society. I know whom would actually contribute the most and set the greatest example to the younger generation.
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Give him an aide or someone volunteer for the job and organise for home help with laundry etc. the aide will get a valuable education. If you make him stay at home you will socially isolate him and he will die of this rather than old age.
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Why would you want to get rid of knowledge like it means nothing. This man is more valuable than any book they have in the library. They should be taking every chance to milk his brain before he goes on to glory.
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As he should. The great thing about teaching on the university level is the integration of real experience with course material. This educator probably brings a plethora of knowledge into the classroom.
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I bet he has the respect of his students and they probably love his teaching. If he has been teaching this long he must be doing something right!!!
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Give him an aide or someone volunteer for the job and organise for home help with laundry etc. the aide will get a valuable education. If you make him stay at home you will socially isolate him and he will die of this rather than old age.
I agree, as long as he can teach then let him be.
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As he should. The great thing about teaching on the university level is the integration of real experience with course material. This educator probably brings a plethora of knowledge into the classroom.
This generation obviously know nothing about true knowledge and wisdom.
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Not only does this man still teach he live alone and does everything for himself. Goes to show you what great will of mind will get you.
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I agree that this man should be allowed to keep his position, however there is one thing that has to be kept in mind, scientific stagnation. The problem with a lot of older academics is that in many cases they stay ingrained with a certain belief or ideology without the ability to reevaluate it. A major driver for modern scientific progression is the influx of new minds to challange and try to disprove old theories that are taken as standard. We've seen this in action before in figures such as Einstein and Bohr, both of whom went against the"traditional" scientific consensus held by the older, more senior academics. So while I am not saying this man should not be allowed to work, scientific stagnation should really be kept in mind.
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Honorary research associate Dr David Goodall has been inundated with support from around the country after the news he had been declared unfit to be on campus made headlines.The esteemed ecologist has even been contacted by scientists in Europe supporting his right to work on campus at an academic institution.His position is unpaid and largely involves reviewing academic papers and supervising PhD students.
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