|Alan Cooper, U of Adelaide|
Update June 11: Since I first posted this, an increasing number of new sources, witnesses, and victims of this bad behavior by both Cooper and Westaway have contacted me. I hope to be able to prepare a more comprehensive report in the next couple of weeks. I should point out that I have talked to several colleagues who have a hard time believing the worst about both Cooper and Westaway, because both men are capable of being quite charming and appearing sensitive in certain situations, for example out in the field. But to their own students and colleagues at their home institutions, both men are reportedly capable of terrible bullying and other misconduct. That is often the way with bullies and harassers.
Comment from Professor Paul Harvey, former chair of University of Oxford zoology department:
Alan Cooper was forced to resign from Oxford after accusations of irregularities on a grant application, at least that was what was reported at the time (2005)--there may have been other factors as well which I am looking into. Paul Harvey was head of the department at that time. He has agreed to make the following comment:
“Alan forged data (and my signature as Head of Department) in a grant application and lied. His group came to me with a catalogue of irrefutable evidence. I forwarded it all to the University and they took over the investigation. Alan left for Adelaide under a cloud.”
Further update and a question, raised today on Twitter: Did Alan Cooper falsify a grant application in Adelaide?
See the Tweets below. As one witness describes the scene:
"Alan Cooper's gleeful words when he heard that Jeremy Austin got his ARC Future Fellowship: 'I can't believe we got away with it!'"
|Michael Westaway, U of Queensland|