Paul Hsu Kuang-chi (or Xu Guangqi) was a Chinese nobleman and an official of the
Chinese Imperial Court during the Ming Dynasty.
PAUL HSU KUANG-CHI
Paul Hsu Kuang-chi's academic work included mathematics, astronomy and agriculture.
He introduced his countrymen to new concepts in mathematics and Western logic. In
astronomy Kuang-chi was appointed as the leader of an effort to reform the Chinese
calendar. The reform, which constituted the first major collaboration between scientists
from Europe and from the Far East, was completed after his death.
He was a friend and protector of the Italian Matteo Ricci, the first Jesuit missionary
to succeed in entering the previously exclusive Chinese court. Kuang-chi converted
to Christianity in 1603 and supported its spread in China.
Xavier School, 50th Anniversary and
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Xavier School's Chinese name is Kuang Chi.
The bust of Paul Hsu Kuang-Chi on the school campus is a replica of the original
in the Xu Guangqi Memorial Park in Shanghai, China.