Yi Sun-sin

1545 - 1598

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Admiral Yi Sun-sin (Korean: 이순신; Hanja: 李舜臣; April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598) was a Korean admiral and military general famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty. Over the course of his career, Admiral Yi fought in at least 23 recorded naval engagements, all against the Japanese. In most of these battles, he was outnumbered and lacked necessary supplies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yi Sun-sin has received more than 1,884,470 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Yi Sun-sin is the 156th most popular military personnel (down from 123rd in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from South Korea (down from 7th in 2019) and the most popular South Korean Military Personnel.

Yi Sun-sin is most famous for his victory at the Battle of Myeongnyang, where he destroyed the Japanese fleet of over 200 ships with only 13 Korean ships.

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Among military personnels, Yi Sun-sin ranks 156 out of 1,466Before him are Semyon Budyonny, Franz Halder, José de San Martín, Georg von Küchler, Johannes Blaskowitz, and Walther von Reichenau. After him are Gaius Julius Caesar, Amr ibn al-As, Aleksei Brusilov, Sun Jian, Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, and Draža Mihailović.

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Among people born in 1545, Yi Sun-sin ranks 4Before him are Elisabeth of Valois, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, and Túpac Amaru. After him are Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, Carlos, Prince of Asturias, Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, Azai Nagamasa, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, Guidobaldo del Monte, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, and Powhatan. Among people deceased in 1598, Yi Sun-sin ranks 5Before him are Philip II of Spain, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Feodor I of Russia, and Abraham Ortelius. After him are Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, Theodor de Bry, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Paolo Boi, Henri Estienne, and Abdullah Khan II.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Yi Sun-sin ranks 16 out of 774Before him are Gojong of Korea (1852), Sukjong of Joseon (1661), Empress Gi (1315), Park Geun-hye (1952), Roh Moo-hyun (1946), and Sejo of Joseon (1417). After him are Mas Oyama (1923), Empress Myeongseong (1851), Jungjong of Joseon (1488), Sunjong of Korea (1874), Kim Young-sam (1927), and Yeonsangun of Joseon (1476).


Among military personnels born in South Korea, Yi Sun-sin ranks 1After him are Won Gyun (1540).