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Prof. Dr.

James W. Vaupel

Year of election: 2008
Section: Economics and Empirical Social Sciences
City: Rostock
Country: Germany
CV James W. Vaupel - Englisch (pdf)
CV James Vaupel - deutsch (pdf)


Major Scientific Interests: Biodemography, Paleodemography, Survival and Longevity, Mathematical and Statistical Methods of Population Analysis, Public Policy


  • since 2011 Professor of Demography and Epidemiology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • since 2018 Emeritus Group James W. Vaupel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • 2013-2017 Director, Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging, Denmark
  • since 2006 Senior Research Scientist, Sanford Institute, Duke University, USA
  • since 2003 Honorary Professor, Rostock University, Germany
  • 1997-2002 Part-time Professor of Demography and Epidemiology, University of Southern Denmark
  • since 1996 Founding Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • 1992-2005 Senior Research Scientist, Sanford Institute, Duke University, USA
  • 1991-1996 Professor of Demography and Epidemiology, University of Southern Denmark
  • 1988-1991 Professor of Ancient Studies and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, USA
  • 1985-1991 Professor of Public Affairs and Planning, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs – University of Minnesota, USA
  • 1978 Ph.D. (Public Policy) - Harvard University, USA
  • 1972-1985 Assistant then Associate Professor, Duke University, USA
  • 1971 Master of Public Policy - Harvard University, USA
  • 1967 B.A. (mathematical statistics) - Harvard University, USA


  • since 2012 President, Board of the Evolutionary Demography Society
  • since 2009 Chairman, Board of Trustees of Population Europe: The European Population Partnership
  • since 2005 Rector, European Doctoral School of Demography
  • since 2000 Rector, International Max Planck Research School for Demography
  • 1999-2008 Publisher, Online journal Demographic Research


  • Project “Natural Experiments and the Determinants of Old‐Age Survival — Life‐Expectancy Convergence after German Reunification and the Importance of Changing Mortality Conditions
  • Project “Methodological Issues in Mortality Research and Biodemography”
  • Project “Gender Differences in Health and Mortality: Comparative Approach”
  • Project “Biologische Mechanismen Stressbedingter Risiken in Moskau”
  • Project “COMPADRE Datenbank” (Projektionsmatrizen für Pflanzenarten) & “COMADRE Datenbank” (Projektionsmatrizen für Tiere)
  • Project “DATLife Datenbank: Demografie der Alterns über den Stammbaum des Lebens”
  • Project “Der Einfluss der Umwelt auf Life‐History‐Merkmale im Polypen‐ und Medusenstadium von
  • Eleutheria dichotoma”
  • Project “Evolutionäre Biodemografie und altersspezifische Mortalität bei der Süßwasserpolypenart Hydra”
  • Project “Kannisto‐Thatcher Database on Old‐Age Mortality”
  • Project “Messmethoden und Dekomposition in Mortalitätsuntersuchungen”
  • Project “Untersuchung zu Stress und Gesundheit in Moskau”
  • Project “Vergleichende Demografie von geschlechtsspezifischen Unterschieden bei Tieren”

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2017 Cozzarelli Prize, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
  • 2015 Honoraray Doctorate. University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2011 European Latsis Prize, European Science Foundation
  • 2010 Honorary Doctor of Civil Law, Newcastle, UK
  • 2009 Seneca Medal, “Industrieclub” Düsseldorf, Germany
  • since 2008 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • since 2008 Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2008 Mindel C. Sheps Award for Mathematical Demography, Population Association of America, USA
  • since 2004 Regular Scientific Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • 2001 Irene B. Taeuber Award for Lifetime Achievement, Population Association of America




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