Li Shanlan (1811-1882) was a mathematician, astronomer, and scientist. [Photo/jiaxing.gov.cn]
Li Shanlan (1811-1882) was a mathematician, astronomer, and scientist who contributed greatly to the spread and development of science in China.
Li translated the works of foreign scientists, including Gravity by William Whewell, Outlines of Astronomy by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel, and Elements of Botany by John Lindley.
He also translated a large amount of scientific terminology, including function, index, differential, integral, coordinate, mass point, and cell, all of which are still used by Chinese people.