Mathematician:Mathematicians/Sorted By Nation/China

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For more comprehensive information on the lives and works of mathematicians through the ages, see the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, created by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson.

The army of those who have made at least one definite contribution to mathematics as we know it soon becomes a mob as we look back over history; 6,000 or 8,000 names press forward for some word from us to preserve them from oblivion, and once the bolder leaders have been recognised it becomes largely a matter of arbitrary, illogical legislation to judge who of the clamouring multitude shall be permitted to survive and who be condemned to be forgotten.'
-- Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London


Sun Tzu (c. 3rd – 5th century C.E.)

Otherwise known as Sun Zi.

Chinese mathematician and astronomer.

Best known for his work on Diophantine equations. His work is the source of the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
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Zu Chongzhi (429 – 501)

Zu Chongzhi (simplified Chinese: 祖冲之; traditional Chinese: 祖冲之; pinyin: Zǔ Chōngzhī; Wade–Giles: Tsu Ch'ung-chih), courtesy name Wenyuan (文遠), was a prominent Chinese mathematician and astronomer.

Father of Zu Geng.

Derived the most accurate approximation for $\pi$ for over nine hundred years.
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Zu Geng (c. 450 – c. 520)

Also known as Zu Gengzhi (simplified Chinese: 祖暅之; traditional Chinese: 祖暅之; pinyin: Zǔ Gèngzhī; Wade–Giles: Tsu Kengchi; 480 - 525), courtesy name Jing Shuo (景烁).

Son of Zu Chongzhi.

Chinese mathematician who determined how to compute the diameter of a sphere of a given volume. He did this using a generalized version of Cavalieri's Principle.
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Chia Hsien (c. 1010 – c. 1070)

Chia Hsien or Jia Xian (贾宪) was a Chinese mathematician best known for discussing Pascal's Triangle about 500 years before Pascal.
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Yang Hui (c. 1238 – c. 1298)

Simplified Chinese: 杨辉; traditional Chinese: 楊輝; pinyin: Yáng Huī, courtesy name Qianguang (谦光).

Chinese mathematician who is best known for an early treatment of Pascal's Triangle (also known as Yang Hui's Triangle), although acknowledging that it was given an earlier treatment by Chia Hsien in a work which is now lost.
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Chu Shih-Chieh (c. 1260 – c. 1320)

Acknowledged as one of the greatest Chinese mathematicians of his era, known under several names and transliterations: pinyin: Zhū Shìjié, Wade-Giles: Chu Shih-chieh, simplified Chinese: 朱世杰, traditional Chinese: 朱世傑, courtesy name Hanqing (汉卿), pseudonym Songting (松庭), he spent 20 years travelling around China teaching mathematics.

Chu was his family name, Shih-chieh his given name.
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Hua Luogeng (1910 – 1985)

Chinese mathematician famous for his important contributions to number theory and for his role as the leader of mathematics research and education in the People's Republic of China.
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Kai Lai Chung (1917 – 2009)

Chinese American mathematician known for his significant contributions to modern probability theory.
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Chen Jingrun (1933 – 1996)

Chinese mathematician who made significant inroads into Goldbach's Conjecture by proving what is now referred to as Chen's Theorem.
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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (b. 1946 )

Chinese-American computer scientist and computational theorist.
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