How tall is Albert Einstein ?

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Albert Einstein's height is 5ft 7.5in (171 cm)

German born Theoretical Physicist. In his Swiss passport his height was written as 175cm, but on his Swiss Military Service book his height was written as 171.5cm. On his Declaration of Intention form in 1936 (to become an American citizen) his height was listed as 5ft 7.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Aug/15
175cm range in shoes
Armandy said on 21/Aug/15
How tall was Leonardo Da Vinci? Rob? 6'4.5?
Amaze said on 28/Jul/15
Got changed
Don't think he was ever 175 barefoot, probably 175 in footwear. 171/2 peak.
177cmGuy said on 25/Jun/15
Most pictures of Einstein were taken during his older ages. It is possible that his peak height could have been 172-173cm.
The Master said on 12/Apr/15
He really does look about 5'11 in the video below, next to Carl Laemmele, then head of Universal Studios.
tarantula0 said on 11/Apr/15
He was actually 170-171 cm but nothing over. Even in pictures he never looked this tall.
Guest said on 21/Mar/15
Einstein was taller than that. In his biography he was described as 182cm. Don't know if the swiss army cared abound Einstein's height. I think
he was round 180cm. Look at the chair in this video. No chance Einstein was under 178cm in my opinion. Click Here
Tania said on 8/Feb/15
@Ian C - Einstein was a keen violinist. Maybe he could carry a tune too?
Ian C said on 5/Dec/14
Now Andrew, I'm not saying that Albert wasn't a smart guy. But my understanding (which is not too good, because I'm tall) is that the equations for the Special Theory of Relativity were independently duplicated by a physicist named Lorentz. Meaning that Relativity was in the pipeline of human understanding, and would have got here anyway. And I'm a big fan of Newton because I studied Engineering, and ran into Isaac's ideas every day for four years.
Of course, neither of those guys were as smart as Madonna Ciccone. Would it kill that woman to take a little time off from being a great musical genius and figure out a cure for cancer?
Andrew M said on 30/Nov/14
Surprised to see this entry, but then, why should I be? Glad to see it.
@ Ian C - I think you're being a little unfair to Albert; it's not his fault that Relativity isn't as far-reaching in it's applications as Newton's work - it still took an absolutely astounding intellect to achieve, with incredible dedication, as well as imagination and creativity. Other than my favourite genius - Richard Feynman, I can't think of anyone else who comes close, even Hawking or Roger Penrose, or Kip Thorne. I'd say his work on Relativity is tantamount to Roger Bannister's breaking the 4 minute mile barrier, in that they both broke the "Impossibility Barrier"! It must have took some brains to consider that time was the variable quantity, instead of the speed of light. And while Special Relativity was probably on the cards due to the Michelson-Morley experiment and James Clark Maxwell's equations, General Relativity was not!
PLUS - it's not just Relativity! Einstein contributed greatly to Quantum Physics (which ironically he hated) through his Nobel Prize Winning work on the Photo-Electric effect! He even helped create the word "Photon"!
And without Quantum Physics, there'd be NO Internet, World-Wide Web, microprocessor-based computers, or even TV!
Arch Stanton said on 18/Nov/14
Didn't think he looked anywhere near this. I guessed 5'7", but in fairness I'm judging from him in his old age.
177cmGuy said on 11/Oct/14
When your one of the greatest scientist's that's ever lived your height doesn't matter anymore. 5'9 for mr Einstein. If he was around today I wonder if he would attend the fan conventions he's got alot of fans from the physics and mathematics department including myself
Ian C. said on 25/Apr/14
If Isaac Newton's height had been in direct proportion to his contribution to human progress and so had Albert Einstein's, Newton would have been about 7 feet tall. That is roughly the relative proportion of their achievements, although most people don't understand this. The Special and General Theories of Relativity are astonishing and elegant revelations of natural law, but they are of little practical use. Newton's discoveries (the Laws of Gravity and the invention of Integral Calculus are the most important) moved human beings forward into an age of practical science in a way that Einstein's discoveries have not. About seventy percent of the achievements in Engineering since 1700 are owed to Newton's discoveries.
the shredder said on 15/Apr/14
Rob , how tall was Issac Newton?
[Editor Rob: never thought of that one before, but no idea! ]
Ian C. said on 13/Apr/14
As a point of interest, as long as we're discussing the reputedly very clever Mr. Einstein, people self-report their I.Q.s with roughly the same finagles that they self-report their heights. Like, your I.Q. is higher in the morning, just out of bed. It declines with age. Everybody you know says it's less than you say it is. People who've met you in person say, I met him and no way was his I.Q. 120. More like 118.
Ian C. said 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 said 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 said on 4/Feb/13
Hey Rob ,
is there any evidence for Ernest Rutherford's height ?
I guess he was very tall
leonari said on 29/Jan/13
In his later years he looked 171 max.
Seb said on 28/Jan/13
Dragon121 being correct Einstein's height needs to be corrected.
dragon121 said 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 said on 13/Dec/12
Just saw him in a pic with people looks 5"9 range.
Sam said 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 said 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 said 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.
Sam said on 10/Feb/12
Einstein only has a few inches over Charlie Chaplin:
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