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Stanislaw Kowalski
Stanislaw Kowalski
Kowalski at the age of 111
Birth: 14 April 1910
Rogowek, Russian Empire (now Poland)
Age: 111 years, 282 days
Country: PolandPOL

Stanislaw Kowalski [Pol. Stanisław Kowalski] (born 14 April 1910) is a Polish supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Currently, he is the oldest living man in Poland, as well as the second-oldest living person in Poland, behind Tekla Juniewicz, the oldest living person in Lower Silesia and the oldest living man in Europe. He is also the first Polish man to turn 110 and 111.


Stanislaw Kowalski was born on 14 April 1910 in the village of Rogowek where he lived until the late 1930s. After his marriage, he moved to Brzeznica. In 1952, due to the broadening of the boundaries of the military training ground, he had to move out of his newly built house and live in Lower Silesia, in the village of Krzydlina Wielka where he ran a small farm and worked as a railroad lineman. He has been living in Świdnica since 1979. Kowalski comes from a long-lived family his mother lived to be 99. For several decades Kowalski rode to work on a bicycle regardless of the weather outside.


On 10 May 2014, aged 104, Kowalski set the European record in 100m race at 32.79 s (in centenarian age category). No European centenarian man completed the run on such distance before him. However, Kowalski did not break the world record of Hidekichi Miyazaki of Japan set on 3 October 2010 with the result of 29.83 s. Nevertheless, Miyazaki was much younger when he set the world record - 100 years, 11 days old.

When he competed at the Polish Veterans Championships on 28 June 2015, in Torun, Poland he became the world's oldest athlete. On that day, Kowalski ran the 100 metres in 34.50, threw the shot put 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in) and the discus 7.50 m (24 ft 7​14 in). By competing in those events, he surpassed the accomplishments of John Whittemore, who competed at 104 years 10 months. By virtue of his age being beyond 105 years old, he necessitates the creation of a new age division for World Masters Athletics, the M105 division of which he was the only member to have competed. Thus all of his performances are world records. M100 world record holder Hidekichi Miyazaki turned 105 on September 22, 2015 and two days later joined Kowalski as the second competitor in the division though Kowalski was 77 days older when he competed.

In 2019, he expressed will to compete again, but due to health issues, he resigned from his start.


Kowalski credits his longevity to never going to the doctor and doing whatever he wants. He also says not to eat much during the evening. Kowalski became the oldest living man in Poland after the death of 108 year old Józef Żurek on 20 March 2018. Shortly afterwards, on 14 April 2018, he turned 108. On 14 April 2019, he turned 109. In October 2019, he has broken the Polish male longevity record set by Antoni Wojciechowski three years before - in 2016 - thus becoming the male longevity recordholder in Poland.

On 14 April 2020, Kowalski turned 110, becoming the first non-emigrant male supercentenarian in the history of Poland.

On 26 January 2021 at the age of 110, he received the Covid-19 vaccine, making him one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On 14 April 2021, Kowalski turned 111, becoming the first man in Poland who reached such age. On that day, he was visited by Waclaw Jan Kroczek, GRG-Poland Correspondent, who presented him an honorary GRG certificate.

Kowalski has been the oldest living person in the world notable for reasons other than longevity since the death of Ruth Apilado on 15 August 2021. Kowalski has also been the oldest living man in Europe following the death of 112-year old Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia of Spain on 18 January 2022. However, he is not the oldest living European-born man, as Italian-born Delio Venturotti of Brazil is older.



Poland's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Konstanty JungStefan ModrzejewskiAntoni DobrowolskiRoman KrusAntoni WojciechowskiStanislaw SwidzinskiJozef PlawskiJozef ZurekStanislaw Kowalski

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 • Unknown • Friedrich 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