Su Song

1020 - 1101

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Su Song (Chinese: 蘇頌; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: So͘ Siōng, 1020–1101), courtesy name Zirong (Chinese: 子容; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chú-iông), was a Chinese polymathic scientist and statesman. Excelling in a variety of fields, he was accomplished in mathematics, astronomy, cartography, geography, horology, pharmacology, mineralogy, metallurgy, zoology, botany, mechanical engineering, hydraulic engineering, civil engineering, invention, art, poetry, philosophy, antiquities, and statesmanship during the Song dynasty (960–1279). Su Song was the engineer for a hydro-mechanical astronomical clock tower in medieval Kaifeng, which employed an early escapement mechanism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Su Song has received more than 313,990 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Su Song is the 72nd most popular engineer (down from 61st in 2019), the 380th most popular biography from China (down from 338th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Engineer.

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Among engineers, Su Song ranks 72 out of 389Before him are Walter Dornberger, Paul Cornu, Jimmy Doolittle, Marcel Dassault, Colin Chapman, and Petrus Peregrinus de Maricourt. After him are Adam Czerniaków, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Mikhail Gurevich, Marcel Renault, Józef Bem, and Henri Farman.

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Among people born in 1020, Su Song ranks 6Before him are Pope Gregory VII, Yūsuf Balasaguni, Sweyn II of Denmark, Pope Stephen IX, and Guo Xi. After him are William I, Count of Burgundy, Constantine the African, Zhang Zai, Vladimir of Novgorod, Adelaide of Susa, and Otto of Nordheim. Among people deceased in 1101, Su Song ranks 10Before him are Su Shi, John Skylitzes, Hugh, Count of Vermandois, Conrad II of Italy, Akka Mahadevi, and Emperor Daozong of Liao. After him are Welf I, Duke of Bavaria, Vseslav of Polotsk, Al-Musta'li, Urraca of Zamora, Ida of Formbach-Ratelnberg, and Henry, Margrave of Frisia.

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In China

Among people born in China, Su Song ranks 380 out of 1,610Before him are 11th Dalai Lama (1838), Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867), Guo Xi (1020), Taiichi Ohno (1912), Gengshi Emperor (null), and Emperor Shunzong of Tang (761). After him are Lin Yutang (1895), Zhuge Zhan (227), Emperor Zhi of Han (138), Yan Fu (1854), Prince Gong (1833), and Linji Yixuan (850).

Among ENGINEERS In China

Among engineers born in China, Su Song ranks 3Before him are Zhuge Liang (181), and Lu Ban (-507). After him are Li Kui (-500), Ma Jun (200), and Da-Wen Sun (1960).