David Goodall (April 4, 1914 – May 10, 2018) was a British-born Australian botanist and ecologist who was influential in the early development of statistical methods in ecology. The 104 year old scientist ended his life with self-administrated lethal injection of Nembutal on May 10, 2018 while listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

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Before Fame: He attended Imperial College London.

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David Goodall Ethinicity/Religion/Birth Place

Born in Edmonton, London, he was a British-born Australian scientist.

David Goodall Wife/Children/Family

Although he was married, his wife’s name is not known. However, it is known that he had 3 sons and a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. More information on him can be found in The Guardian‘s article.

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Personal Information

  • Full Name: David William Goodall
  • Nicknames: David
  • Birthday: 4 April 1914
  • Death Date: 10 May 2018
  • Age: 104 at the time of death
  • Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England
  • Diet at: Liestal, Switzerland
  • Education: Imperial College London
  • Profession: Botanist, Ecologist
  • Nationality: British-born Australian
  • Religion: Not Available
  • Zodiac: Aries
  • Spouse/Wife: Married (but name is not known)
  • Children:  3 sons and a daughter
  • Grandchildren: 10
  • Great Grandchildren: 15
  • Net Worth: Not Available


  • Height: Not Available
  • Weight: Not Available
  • Feet Size: Not Available
  • Dress Size: Not Available

Trivia/ Facts that you probably didn’t know

  • He was influential in the early development of statistical methods in ecology.
  • His PhD research was conducted on assimilation in the tomato plant.
  • In December 2016, he was thought to be the oldest scientist still working in Australia.
  • He ended his life with a self-administered lethal injection of Nembutal on 10 May while listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Memorable Quotes:

I don’t want to go to Switzerland, though it’s a nice country. But I have to do that in order to get the opportunity of suicide which the Australian system does not permit. I feel very resentful … how unsatisfactory my life here is, unsatisfactory in almost every respect. The sooner it comes to an end the better … My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide.