L. Stephen Coles

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L. Stephen Coles
Born Leslie Stephen Coles
(1941-01-19)January 19, 1941
New York City, New York
Died December 3, 2014(2014-12-03) (aged 73)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Cause of death
Pancreatic cancer
Education Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S.
Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D.

Leslie Stephen Coles (January 19, 1941 – December 3, 2014) was the co-founder and executive director of the Gerontology Research Group[1][2] where he conducted research on supercentenarians[3][4] and on aging.[5] He was also a visiting scholar in the computer science department at the University of California, Los Angeles[6] and an assistant researcher in the Department of Surgery, at the David Geffen School of Medicine.[2][7][8][9] Coles had an M.D. and Ph.D..


Coles was born on January 19, 1941 in New York City. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, his Master's in mathematics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in systems and communication sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.[10] After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Coles completed his clinical internship in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (University of Miami).[11]

Coles was treasurer of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation,[12] as well as co-founder and system administrator of the Gerontology Research Group.[13]

Coles died on December 3, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona of pancreatic cancer.[14][15] His brain was cryonically preserved.[16] He became Alcor Life Extension Foundation's 131st patient. His cryopreservation was unusual in that it was partially funded by Alcor in return for research to be done on his brain. His brain was removed from the skull and stored at -140° C (instead of the usual -196°C), to facilitate a CT scan. Also, biopsies will be performed that look for cracking damage. [17]

Selected publications[edit]

Journal articles[edit]


  • L. Stephen Coles (2011) Extraordinary Healing: How the discoveries of Mirko Beljanski, the world's first green molecular biologist, can protect and restore your health. Freedom Press, Topanga, California; ISBN 9781893910898. This book propagates the discredited ideas of Mirko Beljanski, who had been convicted of illegally practicing medicine in 1994.[18]
  • L. Stephen Coles and David Steinman (1999) The IP-6 with Inositol Question and Answer Book: Nature's Ultimate Anti-Cancer Pill. Freedom Press, Topanga, California; ISBN 9781893910003


  1. ^ Medina, Jennifer (January 30, 2007). "In Connecticut, World's Oldest Woman Dies at 114.". New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Zaslow, Jeffrey (February 28, 2005). "Gerontology sleuths search for 'supercentenarians'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Inouye, Emily (June 9, 2004). "Research group tracks oldest-living people". Daily Bruin. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Dennis (December 31, 2006). "Researchers look for secrets of living to 100 and beyond". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Duff (April 15, 2007). "Aging: Disease or Business Opportunity?". New York Times. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coles, L. Stephen". UCLA. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  7. ^ Coles, L. Stephen; Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group (2006). "Validated Supercentenarian Cases Aged 114 and Above". Rejuvenation Research 9 (4): 503–505. doi:10.1089/rej.2006.9.503. PMID 17105392. 
  8. ^ Coles, L. Stephen (June 2004). "Demographics of Human Supercentenarians and the Implications for Longevity Medicine" 1019. New York Academy of Sciences. pp. 490–495. doi:10.1196/annals.1297.090. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Coles, L. Stephen. "Aging: The Reality". The Journals of Gerontology: Series A (The Gerontological Society of America) 59 (6): B579–B586. doi:10.1093/gerona/59.6.B579. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Nilsson, Nils J. (2009). The Quest for Artificial Intelligence. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521116392. 
  11. ^ Glaser, Vicki (June 2013). "Interview with L. Stephen Coles, MD, PhD". Rejuvenation Research 16 (3): 250–253. doi:10.1089/rej.2013.1444. 
  12. ^ "Supercentenarians: Scientists Seek Secret to Extra-Long Life". Fox News. October 6, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "About the Gerontology Research Group". GRG.org. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Researcher of oldest people dies at 73". Times Argus. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ Whitelocks, Sadie (December 4, 2014). "World leader in aging research dies at 73 of cancer but has his body cryogenically frozen in the hope of future revival". Daily Mail. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Chawkins, Steve (December 4, 2014). "L. Stephen Coles dies at 73. studied extreme aging in humans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dr Stephen Coles Becomes Alcor’s 131st Patient". Alcor News. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kouchner, Annie (January 20, 1996). "14 ans d'intrigues à l'Élysée". Le Point (in French). Retrieved August 11, 2010.