May 1936, Robert Wadlow at 18 years old with his mother and brother Harold Jr.

Robert Wadlow (Born Robert Pershing Wadlow on 22 February 1918 – died 15 July 1940) is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often known as the “Alton Giant” because of his Alton, Illinois hometown.

Robert Wadlow reached 8 feet 11.1 inches (272 cm) in height and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) at his death. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood was due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.

  1. lukeconorbolton reblogged this from historyinpictures
  2. lovelyandpeculiarthings reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  3. worldclassbeauty reblogged this from historyinpictures
  4. thepastwill-hauntusboth reblogged this from historyinpictures
  5. viking-rs reblogged this from a-justlooking and added:
    The kid is sliced :P
  6. a-justlooking reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  7. time-is-collapsing reblogged this from historyinpictures
  8. whyiseverythingsoshort reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  9. stephan163 reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  10. mothmann reblogged this from deprofundisetclamo
  11. mi-amor-cielo-vida reblogged this from historyinpictures
  12. dreamscarrymeaway reblogged this from historyinpictures
  13. chupitos-pa-bailar reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  14. kol-hawa reblogged this from historyinpictures
  15. i-need-a-social-life-now reblogged this from thingsamylikes
  16. motu76 reblogged this from bedbugsbiting
  17. bedbugsbiting reblogged this from birdcorleone
  18. majorhotlips reblogged this from makuta-tobi
  19. dancingundernebulas reblogged this from historyinpictures
  20. histry reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  21. jackmalaka reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  22. ladykrampus reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  23. childhoodcomeback reblogged this from thingsamylikes
  24. ihatesunriseonschooldays reblogged this from verysleepyghost
  25. verysleepyghost reblogged this from tella1985
  26. historisch reblogged this from indypendenthistory
  27. mutedtempest reblogged this from indypendenthistory