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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 276,526 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Su Song is the 474th most popular philosopher (up from 485th in 2019), the 339th most popular biography from China (up from 365th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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  • 280k

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  • 59.38

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 32

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.24

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.91

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among philosophers, Su Song ranks 474 out of 1,081Before him are George Pachymeres, Lev Gumilyov, John Toland, Shantideva, Stilpo, and Dicaearchus. After him are Roger Scruton, Rodolphus Agricola, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Vittorino da Feltre, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Plutarch of Athens.

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Among people born in 1020, Su Song ranks 5Before him are Pope Gregory VII, Yūsuf Balasaguni, Sweyn II of Denmark, and Pope Stephen IX. After him are Guo Xi, William I, Count of Burgundy, Constantine the African, Adelaide of Susa, Gunhilda of Denmark, Zhang Zai, and Vladimir of Novgorod. Among people deceased in 1101, Su Song ranks 7Before him are Mahmud al-Kashgari, Bruno of Cologne, Roger I of Sicily, John Skylitzes, Su Shi, and Hugh, Count of Vermandois. After him are Conrad II of Italy, Welf I, Duke of Bavaria, Urraca of Zamora, Akka Mahadevi, Emperor Daozong of Liao, and Vseslav of Polotsk.

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Among people born in China, Su Song ranks 339 out of 1,392Before him are Terence Young (1915), Duan Qirui (1865), Shi Nai'an (1296), Yu Jin (200), Gongsun Zan (null), and Yoshiko Yamaguchi (1920). After him are Zeng Guofan (1811), Ren Zhengfei (1944), Pang De (170), Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867), Shitao (1642), and Mao Anying (1922).


Among philosophers born in China, Su Song ranks 19Before him are Guan Zhong (-720), Han Yu (768), Linji Yixuan (850), Ban Zhao (45), Ge Hong (284), and Ouyang Xiu (1007). After him are Zhiyi (538), Dong Zhongshu (-179), Liu Bowen (1311), Huiyuan (334), Marpa Lotsawa (1012), and Zhou Dunyi (1017).