Lin Yü-chih

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Lin Yü-chih (; pinyin: Lín Yùzhì; b. ca. 1972)photo is the former shortest man in the world according to Guinness World Records. He resides in Taipei, Taiwan, where he works as an author and social activist. His name has sometimes been misspelled as Lin Yih-chih. In May 2008 he appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary called "The World's Smallest Man and Me" hosted by Mark Dolan.


Lin suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder that hinders normal growth of bone and bodily height. According to the Guinness Book of World Records he is 67.5 cm (2 ft 2.58 in) tall.[1][2] He is the founder of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Association.[3]

Other claimants[edit]

Others have also claimed the 'Shortest Man' title. He Pingping, from China, measured 73 cm (2 ft 4.74 in) high and in 2007 was crowned as the world's shortest man who could walk. In 2006, Guinness World Records disallowed an application from a then fourteen-year-old Nepalese boy, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who has since turned 18 and taken the title of 'World's Shortest Man'.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World's shortest man, woman campaign for disabled
  2. ^ Murphy, W. (2002). Orphan Diseases: New Hope for Rare Medical Conditions. Twenty-First Century Books. ISBN 0-399-14218-5
  3. ^ Chang Chiung-fang: New Hope for Rare Disorder Sufferers, Taiwan Panorama, 2000.
  4. ^ Nepalese teen named world's shortest man,, 14 October 2010.

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