Karen Zusak Posted almost 3 years ago Discussing "The Science of Radical Life Extension" with TED Books author David Ewing Duncan Hi David, I saw your article in the NYT a few weeks ago. Did most people really die around age 50 in 1900? Or was the average skewed by a higher percentage of infant/early childhood deaths? Did adults expect to live to about 50, or was it assumed that you'd make it closer to 60 or 70 once you reached adulthood? Thanks.