Dr David McDonald, a mathematician who worked as a principal research scientist at the CSIRO for 15 years, has moved to the Victorian countryside to avoid electromagnetic radiation.
He wears custom-made clothing fashioned from metallic cloth, has screened his house with metal shields and even sleeps in a special tent to screen out Wi-Fi transmissions in hotels.
“When I go into a building with Wi-Fi I feel extremely ill,’’ he said yesterday.
“I get a very strong headache and the left hand side of my head feels numb.
“After ceasing that exposure, the symptoms disappear.’’
In a case that could set a precedent for workers’ compensation cases, theAdministrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has ruled that the federal government’s insurer, Comcare, should compensate Dr McDonald for “aggravation of a condition of nausea, disorientation and headaches’’.
The judgement states that Dr McDonald told the CSIRO selection panel during his job interview that he suffered from sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies — or EMF — emitted by computers, TVs, mobile phones, microwave ovens, power lines and transformers.
The CSIRO agreed to give him an assistant, so he could write programs on paper and have someone else punch the code into a computer.