A farmer from Western Australia has left a bequest in his will of around AUS$1 million to fund research undertaken at Murdoch University.
Robert Keith Hammond died in January 2012 at the age of 75. He had a life-long passion for learning, and donated around $350,000 during his lifetime to help fund various student research projects.
The bequest will be used to set up the Robert Hammond Scholarship and the Robert Hammond Research Grant. According to Murdoch University, the funds will be used in particular to support ‘research into mutually advantageous or mutually exploitative relationships between humans and other species of animal’.
“This is the largest single bequest the University has received, and is a fine example of how one person’s gift can make a real difference to so many people,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott.
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