Hu Shih

1891 - 1962

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Hu Shih (Chinese: 胡適; pinyin: Hú Shì; Wade–Giles: Hu2 Shih4; 17 December 1891 – 24 February 1962), also known as Hu Suh in early references, was a Chinese diplomat, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, and politician. Hu is widely recognized today as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. He was influential in the May Fourth Movement, one of the leaders of China's New Culture Movement, was a president of Peking University, and in 1939 was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hu Shih has received more than 395,730 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Hu Shih is the 587th most popular philosopher (down from 545th in 2019), the 467th most popular biography from China (down from 407th in 2019) and the 27th most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Hu Shih ranks 587 out of 1,081Before him are Narayana Guru, Hermann Lotze, Dignāga, Arete of Cyrene, Diogenes of Babylon, and Gongsun Long. After him are Jean Améry, Zisi, Eknath, Abhinavagupta, Jan Patočka, and Mechthild of Magdeburg.

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Among people born in 1891, Hu Shih ranks 55Before him are Takijirō Ōnishi, Yevhen Konovalets, John Heartfield, John Langenus, Shizo Kanakuri, and Oswald Boelcke. After him are Kurt von Tippelskirch, Poul Nielsen, Lajos Zilahy, Walter A. Shewhart, Gio Ponti, and Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov. Among people deceased in 1962, Hu Shih ranks 54Before him are Natalia Sedova, Thomas Mitchell, Leonardo De Lorenzo, Lei Feng, Frank Borzage, and Muhammad VIII al-Amin. After him are Poul Nielsen, E. E. Cummings, Henri Wallon, Prince René of Bourbon-Parma, Emil Artin, and Tod Browning.

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Among people born in China, Hu Shih ranks 467 out of 1,392Before him are Tang Yin (1470), Bogd Khan (1869), Xu Shen (58), 7th Dalai Lama (1708), Zuo Zongtang (1812), and Zhuge Dan (200). After him are Zhu Yujian (1602), Watchman Nee (1903), Emperor Shizong of Jin (1123), Zhang Jinghui (1871), Shaohao (null), and Lu You (1125).


Among philosophers born in China, Hu Shih ranks 27Before him are Dong Zhongshu (-179), Liu Bowen (1311), Huiyuan (334), Marpa Lotsawa (1012), Zhou Dunyi (1017), and Zhang Daoling (34). After him are Shen Buhai (-385), Cheng Yi (1033), Wang Bi (226), Yang Xiong (-53), Li Zhi (1527), and Zhang Zai (1020).