Kao Ping-tse

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Kao Ping-tse (Chinese: 高平子; 23 December 1888 - 23 March 1970) was a Chinese astronomer. He was entirely self-taught in this field.[citation needed] The crater Kao on the Moon is named in his honor.

Kao was born in Shanghai. His father was a revolutionary, a Jǔrén 舉人, and a key figure of the Nan Society (South Society, 南社) in the late Qing Dynasty.[1] He worked at Qingdao Observatory, received from the Japanese after the Washington Naval Conference in 1924. He then worked at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, one of the founders of Purple Mountain Observatory.

During World War II, he lived in Shanghai. He moved to Taiwan in 1948, during the Chinese Civil War. He died in Taipei.


  1. ^ "参加南社纪念会姓氏录 List of Nan Society member" (in Chinese). 南社研究網 Research of Nan Society. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  The Wayback Machine's might be helpful, but it appears as a mess of eight-bit characters.

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