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 185,306 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Xu Guangqi is the 210th most popular mathematician (up from 216th in 2019), the 366th most popular biography from China (up from 378th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Xu Guangqi ranks 210 out of 823Before him are Autolycus of Pitane, Theodorus of Cyrene, Willem de Sitter, S. R. Ranganathan, Élie Cartan, and Henry Briggs. After him are Hermann Schwarz, John Horton Conway, Tullio Levi-Civita, Pedro Nunes, Hugo Steinhaus, and Menaechmus.

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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, Ercole, Lord of Monaco, Pietro Bernini, Ottavio Rinuccini, John William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, and Bento de Góis. Among people deceased in 1633, Xu Guangqi ranks 6Before him are Jacopo Peri, Isabella Clara Eugenia, Cornelis Drebbel, Patriarch Filaret of Moscow, and Scipione Borghese. After him are Pieter Lastman, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues, Lew Sapieha, Archduchess Margaret of Austria, George Herbert, and Juan Pablo Bonet.

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Among people born in China, Xu Guangqi ranks 366 out of 1,392Before him are Liu Zhang (200), Emperor Huai of Jin (300), Qi Jiguang (1527), Qi Baishi (1864), Emperor Duanzong (1268), and Emperor Yizong of Tang (833). After him are Zhong Hui (225), Zhou Youguang (1906), Emperor Xizong of Tang (862), Prince Gong (1833), 11th Dalai Lama (1838), and Jayaatu Khan Tugh Temür (1304).


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 Liu Xin (-50), Shiing-Shen Chern (1911), Guo Shoujing (1231), Yi Xing (683), Shing-Tung Yau (1949), Yang Hui (1238), and Zhu Shijie (1249).