How many people born in the 1800s are still alive?

Supercentenarian Grace Jones has passed away at the age of 113. She will go down in history as the last Briton born in the 19th century to die. Which got us thinking: How many people born in the 1800s are still kicking around? The answer is shockingly few.

There’s just five left, people. Five. As of today, November 15, 2013, here are the people born in the 1800s who are still alive:

  • Japan: Misao Okawa, born March 1898; age 115 years, 255 days
  • United States: Jeralean Talley, born May 23, 1899; age 113 years, 172 days
  • United States: Susannah Mushatt Jones, born July 6, 1899; age 114 years, 132 days
  • United States: Bernice Madigan, born 24 July, 1899; age 114 years, 114 days
  • Italy: Emma Morana-Martinuzzi, born November 29, 1899; age 113 years, 351 days

And that’s it. Wow. Recently, the oldest man to have ever lived passed away; Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura died at the age of 116 years and 54 days. Guinness World Records recognizes him as the oldest man in recorded history. The oldest woman to have ever lived was France’s Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days. Via How many people born in the 1800s are still alive?.

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3 Responses to How many people born in the 1800s are still alive?

  1. Phil Krause says:

    I note that they are all from the first world but I guess that not many from the third world have birth certificates. The maximum age of human life has changed little in 100,000 years at around 120 years. Every now and then we hear stories that we will all be living for hundreds of years before long as our VerGe age is increasing all the time. When the first president of the USA was around the average age of an Americam was about 35 but now it’s in the 70’s so more than double. That’s the average age, the maximum age has never changed. Weight get. More people reaching the maximum but that’s only because there are far more of us around and so more chance.

    • Deskarati says:

      A good description of the The Hayflick limit, Phil. That is the number of times a normal human cell population will divide until cell division stops. Evidence shows that the telomeres associated with each cell’s DNA will get slightly shorter with each new cell division until they shorten to a critical length. And as we know Telomere shortening in humans eventually makes cell division impossible, and this ageing of the cell population appears to correlate with the overall physical ageing of the human body, around 120 years. Although the Guinness Book of Records sites a French woman who lived to 122.

  2. Phil Krause says:

    Don’t you just hate that predictive text. I really should start checking before publishing.

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