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An Actuarial Obituary for the “Optimist”

By Sara Goldberg and Beata Puls

Professor James W. Vaupel, the U.S.-born demographer, passed away this spring at the age of 76.9. His research delved into frailty models and the heterogeneity of longevity. We provide a summary of his life and achievements and evaluate Prof. Vaupel’s actual life span against our default mortality tables.

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