Sun Bin

401 BC - 316 BC

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Sun Bin (died 316 BC) was a Chinese general, military strategist, and writer who lived during the Warring States period of Chinese history. A supposed descendant of Sun Tzu, Sun was tutored in military strategy by the hermit Guiguzi. He was accused of treason while serving in the Wei state and was sentenced to face-tattooing (criminal branding) and had his kneecaps removed (simplified Chinese: 膑; traditional Chinese: 臏; pinyin: bìn), permanently crippling him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Bin has received more than 295,001 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Sun Bin is the 229th most popular military personnel (up from 270th in 2019), the 162nd most popular biography from China (up from 175th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Sun Bin is most famous for his book "The Art of War" which was written in the 2nd century BC. It is a military strategy and tactics manual that has been used by generals for centuries.

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Among military personnels, Sun Bin ranks 229 out of 2,058Before him are Kurt Student, Franz Stangl, Alfred von Tirpitz, Gertrude Bell, Walther von Reichenau, and Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus. After him are Wilhelm Mohnke, Hans von Seeckt, Gotthard Heinrici, Tōgō Heihachirō, Amr ibn al-As, and Otto Carius.

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Among people born in 401 BC, Sun Bin ranks 1After him are Lysander, Phaedo of Elis, Conon, Bian Que, and Clearchus of Sparta. Among people deceased in 316 BC, Sun Bin ranks 2Before him is Olympias. After him are Eumenes, Porus, Peithon, Antigenes, Attalus, and Eudemus.

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In China

Among people born in China, Sun Bin ranks 162 out of 1,610Before him are Huineng (638), Shen Kuo (1031), Yang Chen-Ning (1922), Liu Shan (207), Su Shi (1037), and Wang Wei (699). After him are Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Wu Sangui (1612), Tianqi Emperor (1605), Emperor Taizong of Song (939), Zhu De (1886), and Taichang Emperor (1582).


Among military personnels born in China, Sun Bin ranks 14Before him are Zhao Yun (168), Bai Qi (-250), Sun Jian (155), Yue Fei (1142), Sun Ce (175), and Han Xin (-231). After him are Wu Sangui (1612), Zhang Liao (169), Jiang Wei (202), Xiahou Dun (155), Meng Tian (-250), and Huang Zhong (148).