Shortest Person in the World: History | All You Need To Know!

According to Wikipedia, Men. Chandra was the minor adult person ever documented and confirmed, measuring 21.51 inches (54.64 cm). Guinness World Records have verified the height.

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Born: November 30, 1939, Salyan Khalanga, Nepal
Died: September 3, 2015, Pago Pago, American Samoa
Height: 1′ 9″
Nationality: Nepali
Parents: Roop Bahadur, Dhan Maya
Place of burial: Salyan, Nepal
Known for: World's shortest adult human

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Men. Chandra was the minor adult person ever documented and confirmed, measuring 21.51 inches (54.64 cm). Guinness World Records have verified the height.

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Khapangi, the youngest son of two Nepalese farmers, resides in the region of Sindhuli, which is approximately 130 kilometers from the capital city of Kathmandu. Currently, he attends his rural school. The family believes that the award would aid in his continued studies.


1. 1881 – Lucía Zárate

Luca Zárate (born in Mexico in 1863) was a sideshow performer and the tiniest woman ever. Despite her exaggerated claimed height of 20 inches, her actual size of 67 cm (26.5 in) nevertheless qualified her for the title.

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She was the first diagnosed with type II Majewski osteoplastic primordial dwarfism.

At 17, Luca held the record for being the most petite person in history, weighing just 2.13 kg (4.7 lb).

In 1890, she tragically perished from hypothermia after her circus train became stranded in the icy Sierra Nevada mountains.

2. 1895 – Pauline Musters

Pauline Musters (Holland, 1876), more commonly known as Princess Pauline, is the shortest woman in history. In 1895, she was measured and determined to be 59 cm tall (23.2 in).

  • She was 30 cm (12 in) at birth and 55 cm (21.5 in) and weighed 1.5 kg at the age of nine (3 lb 5 oz).
  • Pauline was born to perform. Princess Pauline became well-known for her gymnastics and dancing after audiences were initially impressed by her stature.
  • Before traveling to New York City, she toured numerous European nations to perform for enormous crowds.

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Pauline lost away in 1895 at the age of 19 due to illness. She measured 61 cm (24 inches) due to some postmortem elongation.

3. 1955 – Edith Barlow

In 1955, Edith Barlow was the shortest woman alive (the UK, b. 1929). At age 21, she claimed to be just 55.8 centimeters (22 inches) tall, but her actual height of 78.7 centimeters (31 inches) was proved posthumously.

  • She worked as part of a traveling fair and was said to have smoked 40 cigarettes each day. Her nickname was “Little Edie.”
  • In June 1957, Edith died of pneumonia after falling ill during the Newcastle Town Moor Fair.
  • Walter Boehning (born in Germany in 1907) appeared in the 1955 Guinness World Records book. His purported height of 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) was never officially established.

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Due to a lack of evidence supporting his claimed height, he was removed from the book in 1964.

4. 1973 – Mihaly Meszaros

Mihaly Meszaros, born in Hungary in 1939, was a circus performer and stuntman known as “The Smallest Man.” At 83 centimeters (33 inches) tall, he was the shortest man alive at the time.

  • His circus act included the training and performance of white poodles. Mihaly was also a television actor, appearing with Michael Jackson in a Pepsi advertisement.
  • Mihaly died in Los Angeles in 2016 at the age of 76.
  • Manoel Souza (born 1942) of Marenno, Brazil, was considered 76.2 centimeters (31 inches) tall in 1973. However, this was never officially proven.

5. 1977 – Süleyman Eris

  • Suleyman Eris (Turkey, b. 1955), a circus acrobat, was medically measured as the most petite man alive on March 3, 1977.
  • He was 76.5 centimeters (30.1) tall and 11.4 kilograms (25 lb). His brother (83.5 cm) and sister (96.5 cm) were also born with primordial dwarfism.
  • A man named Nruturam (born in India in 1929) was said to be 71 centimeters (28 inches) tall in 1974, although his height was never officially confirmed.

6. 1984 – Antonio Ferreira

Antonio Ferreira (Portugal, 1943) was deemed the shortest man alive in 1984 when his height was measured at 75 centimeters (29.5 in).

His hometown was Arcozelo, Portugal, and he was a professional drummer for a pop band.

Antonio went away at the age of 44 in 1989.

In July 1982, a poultry farmer named Ghulam Ahmed Dar, living near Srinagar in Kashmir, India, was reported to be 71 cm (28 in) tall. However, his height was never proven officially.

7. 1987 – Nelson de la Rosa

Nelson de la Rosa (the Dominican Republic, 1968) was deemed the world's tiniest man after measuring 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) shorter than Antonio Ferreira.

In 1987, the head of the Dominican Republic Medical Association estimated his height and weight as 72 cm (28.3 in) and 6.81 kg (15 lb). The cause of his size was Seckel's condition.

After starring in films in the Dominican Republic, Nelson's popularity increased. He eventually landed a role alongside Marlon Brando in the Hollywood film The Island of Dr. Moreau due to his international popularity.

8. 1990 – Gul Mohammed

  • Gul Mohammed (India, 1957) surpassed Nelson as the tiniest man in 1990, measured at 57 cm at the Ram Manohar Hospital in New Delhi (22.5 in).
  • He was the shortest man alive until 1997, when he passed away at 39 after a protracted battle with asthma and bronchitis.
  • Younis Edwan (born in Jordan in 1971) was reportedly 65 cm tall (25.6 in). This would have made him the shortest man alive following the death of Gul Mohammed, although Younis' height has never been officially confirmed.

9. 2011 – Bridgette Jordan

In July 2011, Bridgette Marie Jordan (the USA, born 1989) was measured at 69 cm (27.2 in) tall, making her the shortest living female at the time (mobile).

  • She was just 800 g and 31.75 cm (12.5 in) tall at birth (1 lb 12 oz).
  • Brad, Bridgette's brother, was tall and 98 centimeters (38.6 inches). The modest size of the siblings was due to type II Majewski osteoplastic primordial dwarfism.
  • Despite being the shortest woman in the world, Bridgette lived life to the fullest; she was a college cheerleader and adored dancing.
  • Bridgette passed away on June 12, 2019, at thirty.

10. 2011 – Jyoti Amge

Bridgette only maintained the title for a few months since Jyoti Amge (India, born 1993) turned 18 in December 2011, making her eligible to become the shortest living woman (mobile).

  • On her 18th birthday, she was measured at 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches), earning her the world's shortest woman. She previously held the title of shortest living female teenager, and her current height of 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) makes her the fastest woman in the world.
  • She may be petite, but you can't miss her – wherever she goes, she draws a crowd!
  • Jyoti has the distinction of being the shortest actress ever. She portrayed the recurring character Ma Petite in the fourth season of the famous American television series American Horror Story.

11. 2011 – Junrey Balawing

In June 2011, Junrey Balawing (Philippines) was confirmed to be the shortest man alive (non-mobile). He was 59.9 cm (23.5 in) tall and weighed only 5 kg (11 lb).

  • When Junrey was born, he was the size of a one-liter soda bottle. When he was a toddler, his mother became concerned because all of his pals had outgrown him.
  • Due to a disorder known as osteogenesis imperfecta, he could not stand or move without assistance due to his short stature. He was given medication to strengthen his bones on the doctor's directions, but it had no effect.
  • Sadly, Junrey passed away on July 28, 2020, at 27.

12. 2012 – Chandra Bahadur Dangi

Chandra Dangi (born in Nepal in 1939) was 72 years old when Guinness World Records assessed his height as 54.6 centimeters (21.5 in).

Consequently, he became the new shortest guy alive (mobile) and the fastest male ever documented.

Chandra and his family resided in a rural Nepalese village more than 500 kilometers southwest of the capital Kathmandu.

His community was so remote that he did not come to the notice of the media until he was an older man when he was discovered by a forest contractor chopping timber in the region.

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After overcoming numerous challenges in his life, Chandra's newfound prominence enabled him to realize his desire to explore the globe. In 2015, 75-year-old Mr. Dangi passed away while visiting American Samoa.

13. 2016 – Khagendra Thapar Magar

Khagendra Thapa Magar (Nepal, b. 1992) measured 67 cm (26.4 in) on February 25, 2010, making him the shortest male teenager alive.

  • Khagendra, aged 24 when Chandri Dangri died in 2016, became the new shortest man alive (mobile).
  • Khagendra's parents saw that he was significantly smaller than other youngsters his age. When his younger brother surpassed him in height, it became evident that Khagendra would not grow considerably taller.
  • In addition to being a member of a dancing company, Khagendra also enjoyed playing the guitar and motorcycling with his brother.
  • Khagendra sadly went away in January 2020. Edw Hernandez regained his title as the shortest man alive (mobile) in 2014, having grown somewhat since 2010 and currently measures 72.1 cm (28.2 in) in height.