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I. M. Pei

1917 - 2019

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Ieoh Ming Pei ( YOH ming PAY; Chinese: 貝聿銘; pinyin: Bèi Yùmíng; April 26, 1917 – May 16, 2019) was a Chinese-American architect. Raised in Shanghai, Pei drew inspiration at an early age from the garden villas at Suzhou, the traditional retreat of the scholar-gentry to which his family belonged. In 1935, he moved to the United States and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania's architecture school, but he quickly transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of I. M. Pei has received more than 2,993,873 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). I. M. Pei is the 41st most popular architect (up from 50th in 2019), the 120th most popular biography from China (up from 125th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Architect.

I. M. Pei is most famous for designing the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France.

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Among architects, I. M. Pei ranks 41 out of 424Before him are André Le Nôtre, Suger, Hippodamus of Miletus, Ictinus, Jørn Utzon, and Vladimir Tatlin. After him are Callicrates, Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Rem Koolhaas, Christopher Wren, François Mansart, and Arne Jacobsen.

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Among people born in 1917, I. M. Pei ranks 13Before him are Eric Hobsbawm, Ilya Prigogine, Joan Fontaine, Frederica of Hanover, Ernest Borgnine, and Anthony Burgess. After him are Robert Mitchum, Christian de Duve, Sidney Sheldon, Dean Martin, Joan Clarke, and Kenan Evren. Among people deceased in 2019, I. M. Pei ranks 18Before him are Agnès Varda, Alexei Leonov, Anna Karina, Franco Zeffirelli, Karel Gott, and Jeffrey Epstein. After him are Immanuel Wallerstein, Kary Mullis, Marie Fredriksson, Peter Fonda, Michel Legrand, and Doris Day.

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Among people born in China, I. M. Pei ranks 120 out of 1,392Before him are Soong Mei-ling (1897), Yue Fei (1142), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), Shen Kuo (1031), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), and Emperor Wen of Han (-202). After him are Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), Li Xiannian (1909), Zhang Qian (-200), Sun Jian (155), Zhou Yu (175), and Temür Khan (1265).


Among architects born in China, I. M. Pei ranks 1After him are Yan Liben (600), Lin Huiyin (1904), and Wang Shu (1963).