Robert Young

Robert D Young is GWR’s lead consultant for gerontology – the study of various aspects of ageing. He has maintained lists of the world’s oldest people for the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) since 1999, and has worked with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the International Database on Longevity. Robert became Director of the Supercentenarian Research Database Division for the GRG in 2015. He is also the author of African-American Longevity Advantage: Myth or Reality? (2009).

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Oldest person ever

The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France). Born on 21 February 1875 to Nicolas (1837–1931) and Marguerite (neé Gilles, 1838–1924), she died at a nursing home in Arles, France, on 4 August 1997. Appearing as herself in the film Vincent and Me (Canada, 1990) at the age 0f 114, she is also the oldest actress; at the time, Calment was thought to have been the last living person to have known the artist Vincent van Gogh.