Wang Chong

27 - 97

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Wang Chong (Chinese: 王充; pinyin: Wáng Chōng; Wade–Giles: Wang Ch'ung; 27 – c. 97 AD), courtesy name Zhongren (仲任), was a Chinese astronomer, meteorologist, naturalist, philosopher, and writer active during the Han Dynasty. He developed a rational, secular, naturalistic and mechanistic account of the world and of human beings and gave a materialistic explanation of the origin of the universe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wang Chong has received more than 77,002 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Wang Chong is the 167th most popular mathematician (down from 159th in 2019), the 289th most popular biography from China (down from 265th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Mathematician.

Wang Chong was a Chinese historian who lived during the Eastern Han Dynasty. He is most famous for his book, "Lunheng" or "Discourses Weaving Together the Past and Present."

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Among mathematicians, Wang Chong ranks 167 out of 828Before him are Vito Volterra, Wacław Sierpiński, L. E. J. Brouwer, Hermann Schwarz, Hermann Grassmann, and Simplicius of Cilicia. After him are Étienne-Louis Malus, Paul Ehrenfest, Felix Hausdorff, John Edensor Littlewood, Colin Maclaurin, and Rafael Bombelli.

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Among people born in 27, Wang Chong ranks 2Before him is Petronius.  Among people deceased in 97, Wang Chong ranks 2Before him is Saint Timothy. After him is Lucius Verginius Rufus.

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Among people born in China, Wang Chong ranks 289 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor He of Han (79), Cai Yan (177), Huo Qubing (-140), Ruzi Ying (5), Emperor Duzong (1240), and Emperor Yingzong of Song (1032). After him are Emperor Ai of Tang (892), Jangsu of Goguryeo (394), Jia Xu (147), Emperor An of Han (94), Shitao (1642), and Yu Jin (200).


Among mathematicians born in China, Wang Chong ranks 4Before him are Zhang Heng (78), Liu Hui (225), and Zu Chongzhi (429). After him are Xu Guangqi (1562), Guo Shoujing (1231), Liu Xin (-50), Yi Xing (683), Yang Hui (1238), Shing-Tung Yau (1949), Qin Jiushao (1201), and Shiing-Shen Chern (1911).