Oldest doctorate
Heinz Wenderoth
Germany (Elsfleth)
The oldest person to be awarded a doctorate is Emeritus Professor Dr Heinz Wenderoth (Germany), who was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover on 29 September 2008 at the age of 97 years 8 months 18 days. The subject of Dr Wenderoth's doctoral dissertation was "Cell Biological Studies in the Morphology and Physiology of primitive marine Placozoons Trichoplax Adhaerens". Dr Heinz Wenderoth was born on 11 January 1911.