Ilya Mechnikov — the founder of Gerontology.

Prof. Ilia Stambler

Chief Science Officer. Vetek (Seniority) Association — the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life, Israel

In 2020, we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founder of gerontology, a foundational figure of modern immunology, aging and longevity science, and of modern medicine generally — Ilya Mechnikov (May 15, 1845 — July 15, 1916). For the proponents of healthy longevity and advocates of aging research. Mechnikov may be well credited as “the father” of gerontology — the disciplinary term he coined. Mechnikov was either a direct originator or one of the primary researchers for a variety of key aging-ameliorating and life-extending methods, experiments and research programs that are still being followed today. In view of the immense significance of degenerative aging processes for the emergence of virtually all diseases, both communicable and noncommunicable, and in view of the accelerating development of potential means to intervene into and ameliorate these processes for the sake of achieving healthy longevity, Mechnikov’s pioneering contribution to this field assumes an ever greater global significance and must be remembered and honored.



Стамблер, И. Илья Мечников — основатель геронтологии // Східноєвропейський журнал внутрішньої та сімейної медицини. – 2020. – №2Б (14) Спецвипуск. – С. 29-30. doi: 10.15407/internalmed2020.02b.029

Stambler I. [Ilya Mechnikov – the founder of gerontology]. Shidnoevr. z. vnutr. simejnoi med. 2020;2b(14):29-30. Russian. doi: 10.15407/internalmed2020.02b.029


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