Prof. Dr James W. Vaupel

James W. Vaupel is Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Head of the Laboratories of Survival and Longevity and of Evolutionary Demography.  Since January 2013 he has also been heading the newly founded Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging. James W. Vaupel studied mathematical statistics and received his PhD in public policy at Harvard University. After serving as a professor at Duke University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Southern Denmark, he became Founding Director of the MPIDR in 1996. James W. Vaupel is a leading scientist in the field of aging research, and has been instrumental in developing and advancing the idea of the plasticity of longevity. He pioneered research on the heterogeneity of mortality risks, and on the deceleration of death rates at the highest ages.

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