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Dumitru Comanescu
Dumitru Comanescu
Comanescu at the age of 111
Birth: 21 November 1908
Draganeasa, Prahova, Romania
Death: 27 June 2020
Bucharest, Romania
Age: 111 years, 219 days
Country: RomaniaROU

Dumitru Comanescu [Romanian: Comănescu] (8 November 1908 O.S./21 November 1908 N.S. – 27 June 2020) was a Romanian supercentenarian whose age has been validated by Guinness World Records (GWR). He was presented with the title of the world's oldest living man, but it was later revealed that Emilio Flores Marquez was older. He is the oldest validated person ever from Romania.


Comanescu was born on 8 November 1908 (now 21 November since the adoption of the Gregorian calendar) in Provita de Jos in Draganeasa, Prahova County, Romania. Reportedly, he has a memory of the 1918 Great Union. At university, he studied mathematics and agronomy and graduated in 1933.

Comanescu was an agronomist engineer and one of the most valuable phytopathologists, being the disciple of the founder of the Institute of Agronomic Research, Gheorghe Ionescu Sisesti. Initially, he enrolled in the Faculty of Mathematics, having as a teacher one of the greatest mathematicians, Gheorghe Titaica. He would then find his vocation in the world of plant research. Comanescu worked for over 70 years until 2003. When he was 86, a competition for agricultural experts was organized in Bucharest. He took part in it and, out of dozens of candidates, he took 5th place in the country.

After college, Comanescu moved to Targoviste, where he met his wife, who was a pediatrician and a primary cousin of nuclear physicist Horia Hulubei. They got a son and a daughter. After the death of his wife in 1990, Comanescu moved to his daughter and son-in-law in Bucharest. At the age of 108, he had a hip fracture but no hospital was able to operate on him. Eventually, he went to the Foisor Hospital where he was considered 'a local attraction' for both doctors and patients.

Comanescu may be the oldest man ever to have lived in Romania. He became a candidate for the World's Oldest Man title after the death of 112 year-old Bob Weighton on 28 May 2020. Guinness World Records recognized him as the new world's oldest living man retroactively (after his death). He died in Bucharest, Romania, on 27 June 2020 at the age of 111 years, 219 days (232 days based on the old calendar). Three days before his death, he was awarded the Patriarchal Cross, the highest ecclesiastical decoration of the Romanian Orthodox Church.



Europe’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard • Unknown • Matthias DodenhoffFrederick StabbinsWilliam MugfurSven ErikssonJean-Pierre DupontWilliam WalkerBening Arnold • Hans Schaftner-BurginLars OlofssonMarc PicqJohan Svanstrom • Erik JanssonKosta TrajkovicFrancesco CubaddaThomas PopeJohn FrancklowKarl Nilsson • Unknown • Antonio Marchi • August KarlssonKarl GlocknerAnders JonassonMathias Hansen SaetherJan KipWillem Kostering • Unknown • Francesco Paba • John Mosley Turner • Antonije MladenovicFriedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Pasquale CappelloGiuseppe Arena • Luigi SabaIngebrigt Johansen • Victor Guillot • Andrei Kuznetsoff • Herman Smith-Johannsen • John Evans • Henri PerignonDomenico Minervino • Josep Armengol-Jover • Pablo Roy • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Valentino StellaGregorio Merino • Antonio Baldo • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • Alejandro Rivera Santalla • Antonio Todde • Joan Riudavets-MollHermann Dornemann • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Maurice Floquet • Henry AllinghamHarry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Jan Goossenaerts • Francisco Fernandez • Arturo Licata • Rezso GallaiPhilippe Vocanson • Harold Bracher • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Gustav GernethBob Weighton • Dumitru Comanescu • Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia • Stanislaw Kowalski • Andre BoiteAnonymous of IrelandHans Schornack

Romania's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Gheorghe CovaciTraian GranceaMargit Szemenyei • Elena SiriteanuSofia Vrabie • Dumitru ComanescuVasile StamateanuIoan LascauMaria Mihai

Romania's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Gheorghe CovaciTraian GranceaDumitru ComanescuVasile StamateanuIoan LascauIlie Coscon