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 has been 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, and died a few days later on 13 July 2017.Liu rose to fame in 1980s Chinese literary circles with his exemplary literary critiques, and eventually became a visiting scholar at several international universities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Liu Xiaobo has received more than 1,707,483 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Liu Xiaobo is the 85th most popular social activist (down from 66th in 2019), the 216th most popular biography from China (down from 180th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 85 out of 544Before him are Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Cranmer, Yun Chi-ho, Angela Davis, Kasturba Gandhi, and Zhang Jue. After him are Beatrice Cenci, Augusto César Sandino, Syed Ahmad Khan, Alexander Parvus, René Cassin, and Ernesto Teodoro Moneta.

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Among people born in 1955, Liu Xiaobo ranks 26Before him are Li Keqiang, Akira Toriyama, Chow Yun-fat, Gary Sinise, Donatella Versace, and Ludovico Einaudi. After him are Mark David Chapman, Marcelo Bielsa, Billy Bob Thornton, Nina Hagen, François Cluzet, and Mariano Rajoy. Among people deceased in 2017, Liu Xiaobo ranks 42Before him are Slobodan Praljak, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Peter L. Berger, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Liliane Bettencourt, and Emma Morano. After him are Harry Dean Stanton, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Danielle Darrieux, John Surtees, Adnan Khashoggi, and Jonathan Demme.

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Among people born in China, Liu Xiaobo ranks 216 out of 1,186Before him are Kang Youwei (1858), Tao Yuanming (365), 3rd Dalai Lama (1543), Gan Ning (175), Zhang Zuolin (1875), and Zhang Jue (200). After him are Emperor Ming of Han (28), Emperor Gaozong of Song (1107), John Woo (1946), Cao Ren (168), Liu Biao (142), and Yoshiko Yamaguchi (1920).


Among social activists born in China, Liu Xiaobo ranks 2Before him are Zhang Jue (200). After him are Meng Huo (101), Chen Sheng (-250), Li Hongzhi (1951), Zhang Guotao (1897), Chen Qimei (1878), Harry Wu (1937), Wei Jingsheng (1950), Wu'erkaixi (1968), Wang Dan (1969), and Hu Jia (1973).