ROBERT WADLOW Biography - Craftmen, artisans and people from other Occupations


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  Name: Robert Pershing Wadlow                                                       
  Born: 22 February 1918 Alton, Illinois                                             
  Died: 15 July 1940 Manistee, Michigan                                               
  Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 - July 15, 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.                         
  Wadlow reached an unprecedented 8 ft 11.09 inches in height and weighed 440         
  pounds (199 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.