The shortest man ever is Chandra Bahadur Dangi (Nepal) who measured 54.6 cm (21.5 in) tall as verified at CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center in Lainchaur, Kathmandu, Nepal on 26 February 2012.
In February 2012, Guinness World Records travelled to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to investigate the case of a 72-year-old man supposedly standing 5 cm (2 in) shorter than the current shortest living man, Junrey Balawing (Philippines) at 59.9 cm (1 ft 11.5 in, or 23.5 in). Following a series of measurements at the CIWEC Travel Clinic Medicine Center in the Lainchaur district, Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Reemkholi, Nepal, did indeed prove to be shorter, averaging 54.6 cm (1 ft 9.5 in, or 21.5 in). This also makes him the shortest man ever measured.
At the time of the verification, Chandra weighed 14.5 kg (31 lb 15.52 oz) and claimed to be 72 years old. His height was taken over six measurements taken in the 24-hour period. Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, adjudicated.