Monday, December 31, 2018
French woman Jeanne Calment is written down in the history books as the person that has lived the longest life, passing away in 1997 at the age of 122, two years older than the next closest supercentenarian.
An investigation is being initiated by Valery Novoselov, an assistant professor of the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics of RUDN University in Moscow, to determine if the person that died in 1997 was truly Jeanne Calment. The reason for the revalidation is that there is a serious question as to whether the woman the world knew as Jeanne was in reality her daughter, Yvonne, and took the place of her mother in 1934 to avoid heavy inheritance costs.
Novoselov has extensive experience studying medical records of historical figures such as Vladimir Lenin, and is using his unique expertise to dive into the complicated matter of Jeanne Calment. But there are startling inequalities between medical data and its public availability, and somewhere in the middle history gets written.
See Elena Milova, Valery Novoselov: Investigating Jeanne Calment’s Longevity Record, Leaf Science, December 4, 2018.