James Vaupel Rostock, Germany

  • Revolutionised the field of demographics
  • Founding member of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • Research professor at Duke University and the director of its Population, Policy, Ageing and Research Center


The Future of Longevity (2012)
The Future of Longevity (2012)
The Demography of Longevity (2012)
The Demography of Longevity (2012)


Professor James Vaupel is a pioneering expert on ageing and demography.

Renowned for challenging long-held assumptions on life expectancy and ageing, he triumphes advances in modern science, medicine and welfare, and questions whether there is a natural limit to human longevity. He has also led groundbreaking research into the demography of the developed world.

James is the founder of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, which works with a worldwide network of cutting-edge researchers. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a scientific member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the IPSEN Foundation prize for research on longevity, the Taeuber Award for biodemography, the Sheps award for mathematical demography and also the Seneca Medal for research on longevity.

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