Manuel Dias the Younger

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Manuel Dias
Born 1574
Castelo Branco, Portugal
Died 4 March 1659
China
Nationality Portuguese
Occupation Jesuit missionary
Known for Introduction of the telescope in China

Manuel Dias the Younger (1574 – 4 March 1659)[1] was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary.

Name[edit]

Manuel Dias the Younger (Latin: Junior) acquired his epithet to distinguish him from Manuel Dias the Elder (c. 1561–1639).[2] He is also known as Emanuel or Emmanuel Diaz. His name was sinified as Yang Manuo (), and he was also referred to by his courtesy name Yanxi (演西).

Life[edit]

Dias arrived in China in 1610, reaching Beijing in 1613. He introduced the telescope into China just a few years after it had been developed in the Netherlands (1608). The telescope was first mentioned in his Tian Wen Lüe (Explicatio Sphaerae Coelestis) in 1615.[3] In the Tian Wen Lüe he presented the latest European astronomical knowledge in the form of questions and answers. The book was studied and published until the 19th century.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Esteves Pereira, João Manuel; et al. (1907), Diccionario Historico, Chorographico, Heraldico, Biographico, Bibliographico, Numismatico, e Artistico..., J. Romano Torres . (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Jami & al. (2008), p. 99.
  3. ^ Needham, Volume 3, 444.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Catherine Jami, Luís Saraiva, "The Jesuits, the Padroado and East Asian science (1552–1773)", World Scientific, 2008, ISBN 981-277-125-5
  • Liam Matthew Brockey, "Journey to the East: the Jesuit mission to China, 1579–1724", Harvard University Press, 2007, ISBN 0-674-02448-6
  • Joseph Needham, "Chinese astronomy and the Jesuit mission: an encounter of cultures", China Society, 1958
  • Francisco Rodrigues, "Jesuitas portugueses astrónomos na China, 1583–1805", Tipografia Porto Medico, 1925
  • Joseph Needham, Ling Wang, "Science and Civilisation in China", ISBN 978-0-521-05801-8