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Sun Tzu

544 BC - 496 BC

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Sun Tzu ( soon DZOO, soon SOO; traditional Chinese: 孫子; simplified Chinese: 孙子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) was a Chinese military general, strategist, philosopher, and writer who lived during the Eastern Zhou period of 771 to 256 BCE. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and East Asian culture as a legendary historical and military figure. His birth name was Sun Wu (traditional Chinese: 孫武; simplified Chinese: 孙武) and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changqing (Chinese: 長卿). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Tzu has received more than 4,546,224 page views. Her biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia. Sun Tzu is the 42nd most popular philosopher (down from 36th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from China and the 3rd most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Sun Tzu ranks 42 out of 1,081Before her are Laozi, David Hume, Søren Kierkegaard, Protagoras, Thomas More, and Maria Montessori. After her are Plutarch, Michel de Montaigne, Origen, Al-Farabi, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and John Amos Comenius.

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Among people born in 544 BC, Sun Tzu ranks 1 Among people deceased in 496 BC, Sun Tzu ranks 1After her is Titus Herminius Aquilinus.

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Among people born in China, Sun Tzu ranks 6 out of 1,392Before her are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Huang Xianfan (1899), and Laozi (-604). After her are Zheng He (1387), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Kublai Khan (1215), and Sima Qian (-145).


Among philosophers born in China, Sun Tzu ranks 3Before her are Confucius (-551) and Laozi (-604). After her are Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Mozi (-470), Zhu Xi (1130), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), and Wang Yangming (1472).