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Liu Xiaobo

1955 - 2017

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Liu Xiaobo (Chinese: 刘晓波 劉曉波; pinyin: Liú Xiǎobō; 28 December 1955 – 13 July 2017) was a Chinese writer, literary critic, human rights activist, philosopher and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and was involved in campaigns to end communist one-party rule in China. He was arrested numerous times, and was described as China's most prominent dissident and the country's most famous political prisoner. On 26 June 2017, he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with liver cancer; he died a few weeks later on 13 July 2017.Liu rose to fame in 1980s Chinese literary circles with his exemplary literary critiques. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Liu Xiaobo has received more than 1,841,322 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 100 in 2019). Liu Xiaobo is the 79th most popular social activist (up from 85th in 2019), the 183rd most popular biography from China (up from 216th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Social Activist.

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese dissident, human rights activist, and literary critic. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power" in 2009. He became the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to be imprisoned in China.

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Among social activists, Liu Xiaobo ranks 79 out of 538Before him are Betty Williams, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Annie Besant, Thomas Cranmer, Axel Munthe, and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. After him are Edmond James de Rothschild, Bugsy Siegel, Sakamoto Ryōma, Gerald Durrell, Dragutin Dimitrijević, and Amílcar Cabral.

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Among people born in 1955, Liu Xiaobo ranks 26Before him are Mo Yan, Nina Hagen, Donatella Versace, Guillermo Lasso, Akira Toriyama, and Chow Yun-fat. After him are Marcelo Bielsa, Kris Jenner, Billy Bob Thornton, Dodi Fayed, Whoopi Goldberg, and Björn Andrésen. Among people deceased in 2017, Liu Xiaobo ranks 33Before him are George A. Romero, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Tzvetan Todorov, Kenneth Arrow, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Roman Herzog. After him are Emmanuelle Riva, Slobodan Praljak, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Louise Hay, Danielle Darrieux, and Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov.

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Among people born in China, Liu Xiaobo ranks 183 out of 1,392Before him are Je Tsongkhapa (1357), Kumārajīva (343), Jie of Xia (-1728), Huo Yuanjia (1868), Bolo Yeung (1946), and Emperor Xuan of Han (-91). After him are Emperor Zhenzong (968), Emperor Gaozong of Song (1107), Zhang Liang (-290), Peng Dehuai (1898), Emperor Suzong of Tang (711), and Ma Chao (176).


Among social activists born in China, Liu Xiaobo ranks 1After him are Zhang Jue (200), Meng Huo (101), Chen Sheng (-250), Li Hongzhi (1951), Zhang Guotao (1897), Wei Jingsheng (1950), Harry Wu (1937), Chen Qimei (1878), Wang Dan (1969), Wu'erkaixi (1968), and Hu Jia (1973).