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, permanently crippling him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Bin has received more than 170,755 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Sun Bin is the 241st most popular military personnel (down from 203rd in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from China (down from 135th in 2019) and the 17th 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 241 out of 1,466Before him are Werner Mölders, Jiang Wei, Otto Günsche, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Xiahou Dun, and Józef Poniatowski. After him are Matthew C. Perry, Wu Sangui, Alois Brunner, Henning von Tresckow, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, and Vasily Stalin.

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Among people born in 401 BC, Sun Bin ranks 2Before him is Lysander. After him are Conon, Phaedo of Elis, and Clearchus of Sparta. Among people deceased in 316 BC, Sun Bin ranks 3Before him are Olympias and Eumenes. After him are Porus, Peithon, and Antigenes.

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Among people born in China, Sun Bin ranks 154 out of 1,186Before him are Diaochan (null), Han Xin (-231), Songtsen Gampo (604), Jiang Wei (202), Wang Jingwei (1883), and Xiahou Dun (155). After him are Wu Sangui (1612), Taichang Emperor (1582), King Wen of Zhou (-1112), Khorloogiin Choibalsan (1895), Kumārajīva (343), and Li Ka-shing (1928).


Among military personnels born in China, Sun Bin ranks 17Before him are Yue Fei (1142), Zhang Liao (169), Bai Qi (-250), Han Xin (-231), Jiang Wei (202), and Xiahou Dun (155). After him are Wu Sangui (1612), Huang Zhong (148), Lü Meng (178), Gan Ning (175), Cao Ren (168), and Xiahou Yuan (200).