John R. Wilmoth



Welcome to my simple but functional web page.  Formerly, I was a Professor in the Department of Demography of the University of California at Berkeley, and a researcher in the Berkeley's Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging.  I was also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology.


Since January 2013, I have been Director of the Population Division of the United Nations in New York City.  The Population Division produces authoritative studies of population trends for the United Nations and its Member States, and thus helps to guide the international political discussion and debate about such topics.  The Population Division also produces the official UN estimates and projections of world population trends, which are used by many people for various purposes.


Thanks to the generosity of the University of California at Berkeley, and of my colleagues in the Department of Demography, I had the privilege of working at the United Nations during 2005-2007 and 2013-2014 while on leave-of-absence from UC Berkeley.





My curriculum vitae is available in PDF format.





It is often the case that a quantitative social researcher like myself has too little contact with the people who are the subjects of his inquiry.  Thanks to good fortune, I had the pleasure of knowing Christian Mortensen – an American man of Danish origin who died in April 1998 at the age of 115 years in San Rafael, California – during the last three years of his life.  Christian Mortensen held the title of “oldest man ever” from March 1997 until December 2012.  For photos and more information, click here.