Canadian neuropsychologist Brenda Milner still shows up regularly for work at the Montreal Neurological Institute although maybe not quite as often.

“I’m surprised to find myself at 100 years of age but I have every intention of continuing for many more birthdays,” said Dr. Milner.

Milner was born in Manchester, England on July 15, 1918 and came to Canada when she was 26, eventually earning a PhD at McGill University working with prominent psychologist Donald Hebb.

Over her long career Milner has earned many awards, including the Companion of the Order of Canada,the Medal of Honour from the Quebec National Assembly, and the Prix Hommage du 50e anniversaire from the Order of psychologists of Quebec.

Right now Milner’s focus is on the World Cup. Last week she joined her fellow researchers to watch her beloved English football team take on Colombia. Today, Dr. Milner plans to spend her birthday watching the World Cup final before attending to a party in her honour.

What’s her secret to longevity? “It’s luck and it’s in my genes,” she told CBC in 2014.

(with file from CBC)

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