XI Zezong

Xi Zezong (June 6, 1927, Yuanqu, Shanxi – December 27, 2008, Beijing) was a Chinese astronomical historian. He is best known for his finding in Ancient Chinese history of the reference to Ganymede being visible to the human eye by ancient astronomer Gan De, before it was officially recognised by the west. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and an Awardee of the Astronomy Prize.

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Xi Zezong - Career
... Xi graduated from the Astronomy Department of Zhongshan University in Zhongshan, and began a career in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in which he has spent all of his life as a professor ... In the 1970s Xi undertook research for the unearthed astronomical materials at Mawangdui, and came across a valuable ancient chart which illustrated 29 types of comets ... Xi was elected member the International Academy of History of Science in 1993, and of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences in 1995 ...