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CHEN Zhihui

Member of Project ERC "Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World" (SAW)

SPHERE, Laboratory Philosophy and History of Sciences, UMR 7219

Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot, China


Research Interests

  • The historiography of mathematics in 19th century China (Post-doc research work with Karine Chemla)
  • The Astral-mathematical Speciality under the contexts of Han School’s prosperity in Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign Periods
  • Bibliography on the history of science in ancient China


Jul. 2009—Dec. 2013 : PhD. Diploma in History of Physics
  • School of History of Science and Scientific Culture (former Department of the History & Philosophy of Science), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

Sept. 2007—Jun. 2009 : Master Degree in History of Science and Technology

  • Department of the History & Philosophy of Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.

Sept. 2002—Jun. 2006 : Bachelor degree in Science,

  • Department of Biology, Shantou University, Shantou, China.

Doctoral dissertation

  • "Combining Western Learning for Inheriting the Lost Confucian Knowledge : The Astral-mathematical Speciality in Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign Periods in the Horizon of Transformation of Knowledge in Modern China", Dec. 2013

Master Thesis

  • "Research on Chinese Astronomical Society before 1949", Jun. 2009


  1. Chen Zhihui. “The Impact of Western Books on Chinese Literati in Late Qing : A Case Study of Shao Zeng’s Commented Version of Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji Gezhi” , Studies in the History of Natural Sciences, no. 3(2014).
  2. Chen Zhihui. “The Permeation of Astro-mathematical Speciality into the Civil Examinations in Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign Periods” , The Qing History Journal, no. 3(2014).
  3. Chen Zhihui, Jiang Xiaoyuan. “The Displacement and Utilization of Western Learning : Scholars’ Attitude towards Four-Elements Theory in Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign Periods, Seen from the Cometic Incident in 1826”, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Philosophy and Social Sciences), vol. 22, no.1(2014)
  4. Chen Zhihui. “Study on Jiang Sheng’s Heng Xing Shuo : the Impact on the Wu School by Western Astronomy at Qianlong and Jiaqing reign, Qing Dynasty” , Science and Management, no.4(2012)
  5. “A New Study on the History of Ch’i-Yao Calendar before Sui and Tang Dynasty”, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Philosophy and Social Sciences), vol.17, no. 4(2009)


  • Niu Weixing, Dong Yuyu, Chen Zhihui et al(ed), Subsection Encyclopedia for Chinese Ancient Astronomy in Astronomical Encyclopedia of Ancient China, Chongqing : Chongqing Press, 2014
  • Jiang Xiaoyuan, Chen Zhihui, A Short Story of Chinese Astronomical Society, Shanghai : Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2008

Selective communications

  • CHEN Zhihui & ZHOU Xiaohan, “Establishing the orthodox : Writing and editing biographies of practitioners in the mathematical sciences in Chinese Qing Dynasty. SAW seminar Genres of writing in the history of ancient science, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris, 14 April 2016
  • Confucian scholars’ attitudes towards the Western astral-mathematical knowledge in the early 19th century — a study of on the civil examination and correspondence resources, Seminar History and Philosophy of Mathematics, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris, 15 February 2016
  • “Wylie’s translation of the terminologies for on the mathematics in ancient China", SAW seminar Historiography of ancient mathematics and astral sciences in China before its professionalization, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris, 22 January 2016
  • “On the Rediscovery of the Jade Mirror of the Four Origins : the Collectors and the Researchers in Early 19th Century China", SAW seminar Working on ancient mathematical sources : Textual environment and historiographic operations, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris, 7 January 2016
  • "How Did Mid-Qing (late 1790s) Scholars Use Ancient Calendrical Methods to Calculate Dates of Events Mentioned in Confucian Canons ? — A Study Focusing on Li Rui’s (1768- 1817) Shaogao Riming Kao (Research on the Names of the Days in the Announcement by the Duke of Shao, ca. 1800) ", SAW Conference Mathematical Practices in relation to the Astral Sciences, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, 26-31 March 2015 (presented on 27 March, see enclosing file “Paper for End of March Conference”)