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Wang Yun-wu ([wǎŋ y̌n ù]; Chinese: 王雲五; pinyin: Wáng Yúnwǔ; July 9, 1888 – August 14, 1979)[1] was born 1888 in Shanghai and was a famous Chinese scholar of history and political science, he was also a politician and invented Shih Chiao Hao Ma, a method of Chinese lexicography also sometimes referred to as the Four Corner Method.

Wang Yun-wu
Wang Yunwu.jpg
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
In office
15 July 1958 – 16 December 1963
PremierChen Cheng
Preceded byHuang Shao-ku
Succeeded byYu Ching-tang
Minister of Finance of the Republic of China
In office
1 June 1948 – 15 November 1948
Preceded byYu Hung-chun
Succeeded byHsu Kan
Personal details
Born(1888-07-09)9 July 1888
Shanghai, Qing Dynasty
Died14 August 1979(1979-08-14) (aged 91)
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
OccupationScholar, Editor, Politician


In the 1920s when Wang Yun-wu was the editor in chief at The Commercial Press, one of the oldest book enterprises in China, he invented the Four Corner Method.

On May 31, 1948, during the Chinese Civil War, he was appointed by Chiang Kai-shek to lead the Ministry of Finance. After the Chinese Civil War he moved to Taipei with his family.

In 1972 Wang Yun-wu presided over the Memorial Hall's opening on behalf of the government.

On August 14, 1987, to commemorate his historical achievement his picture (as above) was placed on the NT$2 Stamp of which 4 million units were printed in the Republic of China (also known as Taiwan).


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