Ian C. says on 3/Aug/13
Five foot nine, eh? That little shrimp. Hey, I'm stupid but at least I'm not short, like Mr. Big Brain here.
mike says on 21/Jul/13
I think dragon121 has got it right. Good work on his part. In 1901 the Swiss measured his height, his upper arm and his chest. That is very thorough. Einstein's height in 1901 was 171,5 cm (5'7.5"). Then in 1936, in his application for U.S. citizenship, Einstein swore under oath that his height was 5 feet 7 inches. Einstein was used to meticulous measurements (he made them routinely when he was a Swiss Patent Clerk and, of course, in his physics and mathematical work). Hence, the 5'7" makes sense because we have two separate sources 35 years apart giving the same measurements. Good work dragon121.
Peyman-6ft says on 4/Feb/13
Hey Rob ,
is there any evidence for Ernest Rutherford's height ?
I guess he was very tall
leonari says on 29/Jan/13
In his later years he looked 171 max.
Seb says on 28/Jan/13
Dragon121 being correct Einstein's height needs to be corrected.
says on 25/Jan/13
Rob I found two interesting documents. First one is a photo of Einstein's Swiss military 'service booklet' from 13 March 1901. (Click Here
) It states his height exactly at 171,5 cm (5'7.5"). It also states his upper arm as 28cm and his chest circumference as 87cm. In 1901 he was 22 and probably stopped growing already. Besides the military doctors had to measure him properly so that booklet should be trustworthy. Second one is his 'Declaration of Intention' from 1936, which states his height as 5ft7 and weight as 175 lbs. (Click Here
) The Swiss passport showing his height as 5ft9 was issued in 1923, maybe they didn't measure during that occasion him and Einstein fudged about his height.
mike 181cm says on 13/Dec/12
Just saw him in a pic with people looks 5"9 range.
says on 5/Dec/12
I agree he looks 5'8" range in the Chaplin picture. Opinion on that, Rob?
[Editor Rob: it's most probable einstein by the time he was 70 had lost an inch, even in his latter years he might have been near 5ft 7]
danR says on 4/Dec/12
@Sam. Taking the angle 90 degrees the background verticals, and allowing for differences of neck angle tilt, posture, Einstein could hardly be greater than 4 inches taller. That would make him 5' 8" max.
swm says on 13/Aug/12
To those who say he looks under 175 cm in photo's, Einstein didn't become a celebrity until the age of 72, so most of the photo's we see are of him well into old age. Its well known that people shrink with age and some listed on this site have lost two inches by the time they are in their 70's, most have lost at least an inch.
As for the document listing him as 5'7" a lot of people can't convert cm in to feet and inches and I think that this would have been even more so in Einstein's day.
I think 5'9"/175 cm could well have been right in his prime.
says on 10/Feb/12
Einstein only has a few inches over Charlie Chaplin: