Xu Guangqi

1562 - 1633

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Xu Guangqi or Hsü Kuang-ch'i (April 24, 1562 – November 8, 1633), also known by his baptismal name Paul, was a Chinese agronomist, astronomer, mathematician, politician, and writer during the Ming dynasty. Xu was a colleague and collaborator of the Italian Jesuits Matteo Ricci and Sabatino de Ursis and assisted their translation of several classic Western texts into Chinese, including part of Euclid's Elements. He was also the author of the Nong Zheng Quan Shu, a treatise on agriculture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xu Guangqi has received more than 168,264 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Xu Guangqi is the 216th most popular mathematician (up from 223rd in 2019), the 378th most popular biography from China (down from 366th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Chinese Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Xu Guangqi ranks 216 out of 828Before him are Sam Loyd, Seymour Papert, Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, Lars Ahlfors, Mary Jackson, and Paolo Ruffini. After him are Michel Chasles, Henry Briggs, Thomas Simpson, Menaechmus, Piet Hein, and Helge von Koch.

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Among people born in 1562, Xu Guangqi ranks 5Before him are Lope de Vega, Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. After him are Cesare d'Este, Duke of Modena, Cornelis van Haarlem, Pietro Bernini, Ottavio Rinuccini, John Bull, Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Adam van Noort. Among people deceased in 1633, Xu Guangqi ranks 6Before him are Jacopo Peri, Isabella Clara Eugenia, Cornelis Drebbel, Pieter Lastman, and Patriarch Filaret of Moscow. After him are Scipione Borghese, Lew Sapieha, George Herbert, Juan Pablo Bonet, Étienne Brûlé, and William Ames.

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Among people born in China, Xu Guangqi ranks 378 out of 1,186Before him are Zhuge Jin (174), Gan Ying (100), Guo Xi (1020), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Wei Zheng (580), and Trisong Detsen (742). After him are Shaohao (null), Ge Hong (284), Wei Qing (-150), Langdarma (803), Qiu Chuji (1148), and 7th Dalai Lama (1708).


Among mathematicians born in China, Xu Guangqi ranks 5Before him are Zhang Heng (78), Liu Hui (225), Zu Chongzhi (429), and Wang Chong (27). After him are Guo Shoujing (1231), Liu Xin (-50), Yi Xing (683), Yang Hui (1238), Shing-Tung Yau (1949), Qin Jiushao (1201), and Shiing-Shen Chern (1911).