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Mortality and the famous over the centuries.


An excellent chart produced by Douwe Osinga, of Google Trends fame, where he has taken the age of deaths from everyone mentioned in Wikipedia (‘famous people’) and plotted against the year they died. I’ve always speculated that rich people, in the past, never lived much longer than their poorer counterparts ie that medical intervention didn’t really help you. So I need to get the other set of data and plot it as against this one..

Douwe is hoping to show if painters or composers have different death ages.

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