Person: Verbiest, Ferdinand


Ferdinand Verbiest was a Flemish missionary to China in the 17th century. He produced the first Manchu edition of the first six books of Euclid, a remarkable world map, and a steam automobile. He is also famed as an astronomer, designing astronomical instruments and producing calendars.

Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):

Born 9 October 1623, Pittem, Flanders, Spanish Netherlands (now Belgium). Died 28 January 1688, Beijing, China.

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Origin Belgium

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  1. O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive