SCHALL von BELL, Johann Adam (Tāng Ruòwàng 汤若望)|Tāng Ruòwàng 汤若望 (SCHALL von BELL, Johann Adam)
“P. Adam Schaliger a German Mandarin of ye first order.” An engraving of Johann Adam Schall von Bell, an eminent seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary to China, for a book by Johannes Nieuhof (1618–1672).
Johann Adam Schall von Bell was a German Jesuit missionary, mathematician, and astronomer. He modernized the Chinese calendar during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties and contributed to the introduction of Western contemporary science to China. After the