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Ban Chao

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Ban Chao (Chinese: 班超; pinyin: Bān Chāo; Wade–Giles: Pan1 Ch'ao1; 32–102 CE), courtesy name Zhongsheng, was a Chinese diplomat, explorer, and military general of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was born in Fufeng, now Xianyang, Shaanxi. Three of his family members—father Ban Biao, elder brother Ban Gu, younger sister Ban Zhao—were well known historians who wrote the historical text Book of Han, which recorded the history of the Western Han Dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ban Chao has received more than 138,182 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Ban Chao is the 385th most popular military personnel (up from 391st in 2019), the 254th most popular biography from China (up from 265th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Ban chao is most famous for being the woman who was the mother of the founder of the Han dynasty. Ban chao was the daughter of a nobleman and she married a man named Liu Xiu. After her husband became emperor, she was granted the title of "Empress Dowager".

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Among military personnels, Ban Chao ranks 385 out of 1,468Before him are Günther Rall, Prokop the Great, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Leonid Govorov, Reinhard Scheer, and Nicolas Chauvin. After him are Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Vasily Sokolovsky, Nikolai Kuznetsov, William Tecumseh Sherman, Roman Shukhevych, and Honda Tadakatsu.

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Among people born in 32, Ban Chao ranks 3Before him are Otho and Ban Gu.  Among people deceased in 102, Ban Chao ranks 1

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Among people born in China, Ban Chao ranks 254 out of 1,392Before him are Liu Bian (176), Zaifeng, Prince Chun (1883), Emperor Ai of Tang (892), Xiahou Yuan (200), Zhang Gaoli (1946), and Tao Yuanming (365). After him are Emperor Zhezong (1076), Gong Li (1965), Wu Zixu (-526), Fan Li (-500), Zhang He (167), and Emperor Huan of Han (132).


Among military personnels born in China, Ban Chao ranks 22Before him are Meng Tian (-250), Xiahou Dun (155), Wu Sangui (1612), Jiang Wei (202), Huang Zhong (148), and Xiahou Yuan (200). After him are Zhang He (167), Lü Meng (178), Xu Huang (169), Gan Ning (175), Cao Ren (168), and Yoshiko Kawashima (1907).