asia Famous Astronomers from China

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List of notable or famous astronomers from China, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in China and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from China is included when available.

Examples of people on this list include Shen Kuo and Zhang Heng.

This historic astronomers from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from China?" These prominent astronomers of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese astronomers.

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Gan De is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronomers from China
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Gan De

Gan De was a Chinese astronomer/astrologer born in the State of Qi also known as the Lord Gan. Along with Shi Shen, he is believed to be the first in history known by name to compile a star catalogue, preceded by the anonymous authors of the early Babylonian star catalogues and followed by the Greek ...more

Profession: Scientist, Astrologer, Astronomer

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Jiao Bingzhen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from China
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Jiāo Bǐngzhēn, 1689–1726 was a native of Jining, Shandong who became a noted painter and astronomer. In painting he is noteworthy as one of the first Qing dynasty painters to be influenced by the West. He is also was among the more significant portrait and miniature painters in the early Qing. He ...more

Age: Died at 37 (1689-1726)

Profession: Painter, Artist, Astronomer

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Ping-Tse Kao

Kao Ping-tse was a Chinese astronomer. He was entirely self-taught in this field. The crater Kao on the Moon is named in his honor. Born in Shanghai, his father was a revolutionary, a Jǔrén 舉人, and a key figure of the Nan Society in the late Qing Dynasty. He worked at Qingdao Observatory, received ...more

Age: Died at 82 (1888-1970)

Profession: Astronomer

Shen Kuo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from China
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Shen Kuo or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong and pseudonym Mengqi Weng, was a Han Chinese polymathic genius, medical doctor, scientist and statesman of the Song dynasty. Excelling in many fields of study and statecraft, he was a mathematician, astronomer, meteorologist, geologist, zoologist, ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1031-1095)

Birthplace: Hangzhou, China

Profession: Mathematician, Politician, Art critic, Scientist, Geologist, + more

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