Famous Chinese Mathematicians

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Sun Tzu
(Chinese Military Strategist, Writer and Philosopher)
Sun Tzu
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Birthdate: 0544 AD
Birthplace: Qi, China
Died: 0496 AD
Sun Tzu was a Chinese general from the Eastern Zhou period. He is known to have written The Art of War, which propagated various alternatives to battles, such as alliances and use of spies, to win wars. He is said to be the same as Sun Wu and Sun Bin.
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Shiing-Shen Chern
(Mathematician, University teacher)
Shiing-Shen Chern
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Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jiaxing
Died: December 3, 2004
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Zhang Heng
(cartographer, mathematician, astronomer, anthropologist, mechanical engineer, philosopher)
Zhang Heng
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Birthdate: 0078 AD
Birthplace: Nanyang
Died: 0139 AD
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Xu Guangqi
(Mathematician, Astronomer, Politician)
Xu Guangqi
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Birthdate: April 24, 1562
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shanghai, Songjiang, Southern Zhili, China
Died: November 8, 1633
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Zu Chongzhi
(Chinese Astronomer, Mathematician, Politician, Inventor and Writer)
Zu Chongzhi
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Birthdate: 0429 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 0500 AD

Chinese astronomer, engineer, and mathematician Zu Chongzhi is best remembered for calculating near-accurate approximations for π. He rejected the then-prevalent Yuanjia calendar and introduced the Daming calendar instead. He had also worked on the mathematical theory of music, though his writings haven’t survived the test of time.

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Liu Hui
(Mathematician)
Liu Hui
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Birthdate: 0225 AD
Birthplace: Zibo, China
Died: 0295 AD
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Yang Hui
(Mathematician)
Yang Hui
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Birthdate: 1238 AD
Birthplace: Qiantang, China
Died: 1298 AD
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Qin Jiushao
(Mathematician)
Qin Jiushao
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Birthdate: 1202 AD
Birthplace: Puzhou, China
Died: 1261 AD

Chinese mathematician, meteorologist, and writer Qin Jiushao is remembered for developing a method to solve simultaneous linear equations and polynomial equations, mentioned in detail in his only book, Shushu jiuzhang. Though he became the Qiongzhou governor, he was later dismissed for corruption. He had also initially served the army.

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Zhu Shijie
(Mathematician)
Zhu Shijie
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Birthdate: 1249 AD
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: 1314 AD
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Jia Xian
(Mathematician)
Jia Xian
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Birthdate: 1010 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1070 AD
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Li Chunfeng
(Mathematician)
Li Chunfeng
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Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 0670 AD

Chinese mathematician and astronomer Li Chunfeng rejected the existing Wuyin calendar and redesigned it later, creating the Linde calendar, using a new armillary sphere, as part of the Imperial Astronomical Bureau. He also wrote several mathematical and historical treatises, apart from contributing to music, metrology, and astrology.

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Minggantu
(Astronomer)
Minggantu
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Birthdate: 1692 AD
Birthplace: Inner Mongolia, China
Died: 1763 AD
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Li Ye
(Mathematician)
Li Ye
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Birthdate: 1192 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1279 AD
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Zu Gengzhi
(Mathematician)
Zu Gengzhi
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Birthdate: 0480 AD
Birthplace: Jiankang, China
Died: 0525 AD
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Li Shanlan
(Mathematician)
Li Shanlan
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Birthdate: 1810 AD
Birthplace: Haining, China
Died: 1882 AD
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Wang Xiaotong
(Mathematician)
Wang Xiaotong
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Birthdate: 0580 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 0640 AD
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Xu Yue
(Mathematician)
Xu Yue
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Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Donglai, China
Died: 0227 AD
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Mei Juecheng
(Politician)
Mei Juecheng
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Birthdate: May 19, 1681
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Xuancheng, China
Died: November 20, 1763
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Li Rui
(Mathematician)
Li Rui
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Birthdate: December 8, 1768
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: June 30, 1817
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Zhao Youqin
(Mathematician)
Zhao Youqin
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Birthdate: July 26, 1271
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Poyang, China
Died: 1335 AD
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Hua Hengfang
(Mathematician)
Hua Hengfang
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Birthdate: 1833 AD
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: 1902 AD
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Mei Wending
(Writer)
Mei Wending
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Birthdate: 1633 AD
Birthplace: Xuancheng, China
Died: 1721 AD
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Zhi zao Li
(Mathematician)
Zhi zao Li
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Birthdate: 1565 AD
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
Died: December 1, 1630