The longest unambiguously documented human lifespan is that of Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who died at age 122 years, 164 days. She met Vincent van Gogh when she was 12 or 13.[1] She received news media attention in 1985, after turning 110. Subsequent investigation found documentation for Calment’s age, beyond any reasonable question, in the records of her native city, Arles, France.[2] More evidence of Calment’s lifespan has been produced than for any other supercentenarian; her case serves as an archetype in the methodology for verifying the ages of the world’s oldest people.[3]
The longest undisputed lifespan for a male is that of Jiroemon Kimura of Japan (1897–2013), who died at age 116 years, 54 days. He was also the world’s oldest living person from December 2012 until his death.
Since the death of 116-year-old Jeralean Talley of the United States on 17 June 2015, Susannah Mushatt Jones also of the United States, born 6 July 1899, is the oldest living person in the world whose age can be documented. Since the death of 112-year-old Sakari Momoi of Japan on 5 July 2015, Yasutaro Koide also of Japan, born 13 March 1903, is the world’s oldest living man.