George Myers Lectures


George Carleton Myers, a sociologist and demographer who compiled and interpreted facts and figures about the elderly worldwide, died on Aug. 10, 2000.

George Myers founded the Center for Demographic Studies at Duke in 1972 and, as its director for the next 25 years, built it into an internationally known research center. In his specialty, medical demography, he provided projections concerning the elderly, including data on health and causes of death. He was one of the founding members of REVES.Every significant development in the demography of aging on the world scene over the past three decades has been either organized by George Myers or he has been a participant in it.

REVES has opened a space within the annual meeting in the memory of George Myers, inviting a distinguished scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of health and aging to give a lecture.

The George Myers lectures

  • Gary Andrews, from the Centre for Aging Studies of Flinders University of South Australia, gave the first George Myers Memorial Lecture in Hammamet, May 2002
  • Richard Suzman, from the US National Institute on Aging, gave the second George Myers Memorial Lecture in Guadalajara, May 2003
  • Jacques Vallin, from the French National Institute of Demographic Studies, gave the third George Myers Memorial Lecture in Bruges, May 2004
  • Naohiro Ogawa, from the Population Research Institute at Nihon University in Japan, gave the fourth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Beijing, May 2005
  • Johan Mackenbach, from the Medical Center of Erasmus Universtity in the Netherlands, gave the fifth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Amsterdam, May 2006
  • Eileen Crimmins, from Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, gave the sixth George Myers Memorial Lecture in St Petersburg, Florida, May 2007
  • Zeng Yi, from Duke University (USA) and Peking University (Beijing, China), gave the seventh George Myers Memorial Lecture in Manila, Philippines, May 2008
  • James W Vaupel, from Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, gave the eighth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Copenhagen, May 2009
  • Cécilia Albala, from INTA/Universidad de Chile, gave the nineth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Havana, May 2010
  • Jennifer Madans, Associate Director for Science, National Centre for Health Statistics (USA), gave the tenth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Paris, May 2011
  • Jersey Liang, from the University of the Michigan, School of public health (USA), gave the eleventhGeorge Myers Memorial Lecture in Taichung, May 2012
  • Linda G. Martin, RAND Corporation, gave the twelveth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Austin, May 2013
  • Tom Kirkwood, Newcastle University, gave the thristeenth George Myers Memorial Lecture in Edinburgh, May 2014
  • Lois M. Verbrugge, M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D. Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA, June 2015
  • Sandra L. Reynolds, PhD, Emeritus Faculty at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, USA, June 2016