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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 (trad. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Bin has received more than 244,075 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Sun Bin is the 263rd most popular military personnel (down from 241st in 2019), the 176th most popular biography from China (down from 154th in 2019) and the 15th 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 263 out of 1,468Before him are Maurice de Saxe, Lothar Rendulic, Svetozar Boroević, Andranik, Alois Brunner, and Matthew C. Perry. After him are Maurice Benyovszky, Omar Bradley, Yermak Timofeyevich, Erich Priebke, Oenomaus, and Wang Jian.

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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, Antigenes, and Eudemus.

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Among people born in China, Sun Bin ranks 176 out of 1,392Before him are Tianqi Emperor (1605), Taichang Emperor (1582), Emperor Daizong of Tang (727), Huineng (638), Diaochan (null), and Gwanggaeto the Great (374). After him are Je Tsongkhapa (1357), Kumārajīva (343), Jie of Xia (-1728), Huo Yuanjia (1868), Bolo Yeung (1946), and Emperor Xuan of Han (-91).


Among military personnels born in China, Sun Bin ranks 15Before him are Sun Jian (155), Zhou Yu (175), Sun Ce (175), Han Xin (-231), Bai Qi (-250), and Zhang Liao (169). After him are Meng Tian (-250), Xiahou Dun (155), Wu Sangui (1612), Jiang Wei (202), Huang Zhong (148), and Xiahou Yuan (200).