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Famous Astronomers from China

Updated October 13, 2018 3.5k views10 items

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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    Shi Shen

    Shi Shen (Chinese: 石申; Wade–Giles: Shih Shen, fl. 4th century BC) was a Chinese astronomer and astrologer. He was a contemporary of Gan De born in the State of Wei, also known as the Shi Shenfu....  more
    • Birthplace: China
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    Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist, botanist, mechanical and architectural engineer, poet, antiquarian, and ambassador of the Song Dynasty. Su Song was the engineer of a hydro-mechanical astronomical clock tower in medieval Kaifeng, which employed the use of an early escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism of Su's clock tower had been invented by Buddhist monk Yi Xing and government official Liang Lingzan in 725 AD to operate a water-powered armillary sphere, although Su's armillary sphere was the first to be provided with...  more
    • Age: 1001
    • Birthplace: Quanzhou, China
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    Wei Pu (Chinese: 衛朴; Wade-Giles: Wei P'u) was an 11th-century Chinese astronomer and politician of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). He was born a commoner, but eventually rose to prominence as an astronomer working for the imperial court at the capital of Kaifeng. Wei became a trusted colleague of the famous Song polymath statesman and scientist Shen Kuo (1031-1095 AD), who served as the head official for the Bureau of Astronomy, and worked on various projects with Wei Pu. ...  more
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      Yi Xing (Chinese: 一行; pinyin: Yī Xíng; Wade–Giles: I-Hsing, 683–727), born Zhang Sui (Chinese: 張遂), was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, mechanical engineer and Buddhist monk of the Tang dynasty (618–907). His astronomical celestial globe featured a clockwork escapement mechanism, the first in a long tradition of Chinese astronomical clockworks....  more
      • Age: 1338
      • Birthplace: China