Gompertz 200. Celebrating Two Centuries of Longevity Research

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May 22 and 23, 2025



We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Benjamin Gompertz’s seminal paper “On the nature of the function expressive of the law of human mortality, and on a new mode of determining the value of life contingencies.” by organising a conference in Amsterdam to share learnings in the fields of longevity and mortality research.  

In his ground breaking paper Benjamin Gompertz established what is widely regarded as the first statistical model for human mortality rates. Over the past 200 years, research on longevity and survival analysis have progressed beyond the empirical analysis of individual life tables. Nevertheless, the Gompertz law still serves as a benchmark and starting point for new models, has been extended in several ways and is taught in classes on Survival Analysis in many university programmes. 

The Research Centre for Longevity Risk welcomes you to Amsterdam to celebrate the 200th anniversary of this remarkable paper. In addition to our line-up of distinguished speakers, we welcome contributed talks on research related to statistical models for human mortality, other areas of survival models where the Gompertz law has been applied, and research on the history of demography and actuarial science. We aim to provide a platform that allows interaction between those interested in the statistical aspects of longevity and demographic change with researchers from other fields related to the history and study of survival models. 

More details about the programme will follow in the coming months. 

Featured speakers 

Moshe Milevsky 

Andrew J.G. Cairns 

Torsten Kleinow 

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