Su Song

1020 - 1101

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Su Song (simplified Chinese: 苏颂; traditional Chinese: 蘇頌; pinyin: Sū Sòng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: So͘ Siōng; courtesy name: Zirong 子容) (1020–1101 AD) 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 the use of an early escapement mechanism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Su Song has received more than 251,579 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Su Song is the 485th most popular philosopher (up from 501st in 2019), the 365th most popular biography from China (up from 371st in 2019) and the 20th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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  • 250k

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  • 68.45

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  • 32

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  • 6.04

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  • 3.01

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Among philosophers, Su Song ranks 485 out of 1,089Before him are Rodolphus Agricola, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Gilbert Ryle, Karl Korsch, Chantal Mouffe, and Ernst Troeltsch. After him are André Gorz, Philodemus, A. J. Ayer, Eduard Spranger, John Toland, and Karl Löwith.

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Among people born in 1020, Su Song ranks 5Before him are Pope Gregory VII, Pope Stephen IX, Sweyn II of Denmark, and Yūsuf Balasaguni. After him are Guo Xi, Constantine the African, William I, Count of Burgundy, 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, Su Shi, John Skylitzes, and Hugh, Count of Vermandois. After him are Conrad II of Italy, Welf I, Duke of Bavaria, Emperor Daozong of Liao, Vseslav of Polotsk, Al-Musta'li, and Akka Mahadevi.

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Among people born in China, Su Song ranks 365 out of 1,186Before him are Qi Baishi (1864), Emperor Shang of Han (105), Zhou Youguang (1906), Ma Yuan (1160), Cangjie (-2650), and Li Zongren (1890). After him are Han Gan (706), Pan Geng (-1500), 9th Dalai Lama (1805), Emperor Zhi of Han (138), Ren Zhengfei (1944), and Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867).


Among philosophers born in China, Su Song ranks 20Before him are Wang Yangming (1472), Han Yu (768), Guan Zhong (-720), Ban Zhao (45), Linji Yixuan (850), and Dong Zhongshu (-179). After him are Ouyang Xiu (1007), Ge Hong (284), Huiyuan (334), Hu Shih (1891), Marpa Lotsawa (1012), and Zhang Daoling (34).