Guinness World Records can announce 111-year-old Dr. Alexander Imich of New York City as the new oldest living man.
Dr. Imich was born in in present-day Częstochowa, Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire, on February 4th, 1903. In 1951, he and his wife, Wela, immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union and Imich has lived in Manhattan alone since she passed away in 1986.
Dr. Imich is a parapsychologist and retired chemist.
While his own longevity has surprised even himself, he credits his life to good genes and an overall moderate, healthy lifestyle by which he has eaten very leanly his entire life. His passion and curiosity about parapsychology shaped his motto, which is that one should “always pursue what one loves and is passionate about”
The latest record was verified on the heels of the recent passing of Arturo Licata of Italy, who passed away on April 24th aged 111 years and 357 days.
Dr. Alexander with Guinness World Records official Stuart Claxton
Robert Young, Senior Gerontology Consultant for Guinness World Records, verified the latest achievement by utilizing his birth record, immigration papers and university records. Stuart Claxton, a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Official based out of New York, visited Dr. Imich in his home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side to present him with his official plaque.
Dr. Imich’s history and recognition encompasses a variety of milestones. Robert Young commented, “He is both the oldest living war veteran and the first 'oldest living man' to hold a doctorate.”
Misao Okawa of Japan, who is aged 116, is currently recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's Oldest Living Person overall. She was born March 5, 1898 and lives in Osaka.
The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years, 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment of France.