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Ferdinand Verbiest

was born 399 years ago

9 October 1623

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.

Find out more at: https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Verbiest/