Department of History
Name:Guan Jianzeng
Title:Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise:History of Science and Technology(History of Metrology, History of Physics, History of Astronomy, History of Scientific Thoughts )

Courses:History of Science and Technology


GUAN Zeng-jianDistinguished Professor, History Department, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

        GUAN Zeng-jian, born in September, 1956, is now a professor and Supervisor of Doctoral Candidates of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his bachelor's degree at Northwestern Polytechnical Universityin 1982 and Ph. D. degree in history of science at University of Science and Technology of China in 1990. He was a professor and dean of School of History and Culture of Zhengzhou University from 1995 till 2000. Since he joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2000, he had been executive dean of School of Humanities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 2003 to 2012. His research interests lies in history of physics, metrology and astronomy of China, and he has more than 100 publications, including the following books: Exploration of Physical Ideas in Ancient China(1991); Sketch of History of Science and Technology in Ancient China, Volume for Physics and Chemistry(1996, 1999, co-authored by MA Fang); A Short History of Metrology in Ancient China(2000); A Draft of the History of Modern and Contemporary Metrology in China (2005, co-authored by SUN Yi-lin and others),etc. He established the new branch of the history of metrology in China. The former president of Japan Society of Historical Metrology Shigeo Iwata considered him as “one of the two most outstanding scholars in the field of the history of metrology in China”. Besides, he also pays some attention to the educational function of the history of science and general education in university.

1.         GUAN Zeng-jianThe concept of time in ancient China, Journal of Dialectics of NatureNo 4, 1991.

2.         GUAN Zeng-jianLi ZhichaoWas there any atomic theory in ancient China? Studies in the History of Natural SciencesNo 4, 1991.

3.         GUAN Zeng-jian, Liu ZhiguoExplorations of the Theory of Error in Ancient ChinaSelected Papers for English EditionActa Geodaetica et Cartographica Sinica1991. PP.77-89.

4.         GUAN Zeng-jianRelationship between name of stars and the social in ancient China, Journal of Dialectics of NatureNo 6, 1992.

5.         GUAN Zeng-jianReevaluation on the theory of meteorite in ancient China, Exploration of NatureNo 1, 1993.

6.         GUAN Zeng-jianOn the measurement of elastic force of bow in history of China, Journal of Dialectics of NatureNo 6, 1994.

7.         GUAN Zeng-jianThe function of the concept of capacity in the thought of Wang Chong in East Han Dynasty. History of Chinese Philosophy. No 2, 1994.

8.         GUAN Zeng-jianThe evolution of the generation theory of universe in ancient China. Exploration of NatureNo 1, 1994.

9.         GUAN Zeng-jianRelationship between the concept of solar eclipse and the traditional system of rite. Journal of Dialectics of NatureNo 2, 1995.

10.     GUAN Zeng-jianNew explanation of the function of the history of science and technology, Exploration of NatureNo 1, 1995.

11.     GUAN Zeng-jianValue of the ancient book Wuli Xiao Zhi (Record of theory of things) Journal of Zhengzhou UniversityNo 3, 1996

12.     GUAN Zeng-jianOn Wang Chuanshan’s science thoughtJournal of Zhengzhou University, Special edition, 1996.

13.     GUAN Zeng-jianConcept of Space in ancient China, Exploration of Nature, No 4, 1996.

14.     GUAN Zeng-jianArguments about the unlimitedness of space in ancient ChinaJournal of Dialectics of NatureNo 5, 1997

15.     GUAN Zeng-jian & WANG ShengliA Survey of the Concept of the Earth’S Center in Chinese Astronomical History, Masnaori Hirai, Proceeding of the Third International Conference on Oriental Astronomy, Fukuoka University of Education, Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan.

16.     GUAN Zeng-jian、刘治国著,藤高裕久译,前近代中国にぉける误差理论の研究.[]计量史研究,Vol.21 No.1(No.22) 1999PP.29-39

17.     GUAN Zeng-jianRelationship between history of science and higher education. Studies in the History of Natural SciencesNo 1, 2000.

18.     GUAN Zeng-jianThe concept of the center of earth in the history of astronomy in ancient China. Studies in the History of Natural SciencesNo 3, 2000.

19.     GUAN Zeng-jianThe Time When Ancient Chinese Discovered the Principle of Lever, Journal of Zhengzhou University. No 22000.

20.     GUAN Zeng-jianRelationship Between the Concept of Quantity and Wang Chong’s Atheism. Journal of Zhengzhou University, No 42001.

21.     GUAN Zeng-jianOn Fang Yizhi’s Atheism, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 2, 2001.

22.     GUAN Zeng-jianThe Contribution of Science of Li Chunfeng and His Yi Si Divination. Journal of Zhengzhou University, No 1, 2002.

23.     GUAN Zeng-jianCognation of light in ancient China, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 1, 2002.

24.     GUAN Zeng-jian & Fu Guimei, On Liu Xin’s Metrological Theory, K. L. Chan, Gregory K. Clancey & Hui-Chieh Loy, Historical Perspectives on East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, Singapore University Press, Yusof Ishak, Nus, 31 Lover Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119078.

25.     GUAN Zeng-jian Significance of Study and Research of the History of MetrologyChina MetrologyNo 10, 2002.

26.     GUAN Zeng-jianChristian Missionary’S Contributions to China MetrologyStudies in the History of Natural SciencesSpecial Edition, November 11, 2003.

27.     GUAN Zeng-jianOn Liu Xin’s Metrology Theory, Journal of Zhengzhou UniversityNo 2, 2003.

28.     GUAN Zeng-jian, Wang Shengli, The Angle Systems in Kao Gong Ji, Study on Ancient Chinese Books and Records of Science and Technology ––The Colloquia of 2nd ISACBRSTZhengzhou, Elephant PressMarch 2003.

29.     GUAN Zeng-jianSome Examples about Mistakes in the Researches of the History of Science of China Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 1, 2003.

30.     GUAN Zeng-jianSocial Function of Metrology in Ancient China. China MetrologyNo 6, 2003.

31.     GUAN Zeng-jianWang Chong’s Understanding of the Relative Size of the Heaven and the Earth. Studies in the History of Natural SciencesNo 1, 2004.

32.     GUAN Zeng-jianZu Chongzhi’s Contribution to MetrologyJournal of Dialectics of NatureNo 1, 2004.

33.     GUAN Zeng-jianHistorical Stages of China Metrology in ChinaJournal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 5, 2004.

34.     GUAN Zeng-jian著.加岛淳一郎译,Short History of China Metrology (3) []计量史研究Vol.26 No.1(No.28) 2004

35.     GUAN Zeng-jian, Translate by加岛淳一郎,中国计量史上の贵宝-新莽嘉量.[]计量史研究Vol.26 No.2(No.29) 2004

36.     GUAN Zeng-jianThe Evolution of the Theory of Compass in History of China, Studies in the History of Natural SciencesNo 2, 2005.

37.     GUAN Zeng-jianHistorical and Cultural Value of Dengfeng Star Observation Platform, Journal of Dialectics of NatureNo 1, 2005.

38.     GUAN Zeng-jianThe Influence upon China Metrology by the Concept the Earth is a Ball Entering ChinaJournal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 6, 2005.

39.     GUAN Zeng-jian, Dengfeng Observatory’s Value in History of Chinese Metrology, J〕.[]计量史研究Vol.28 No.1(No.31) 2006PP. 109–115. ISSN 0286-7214.

40.     GUAN Zeng-jianDengfeng Star Observations Value in History of China Metrology[]计量史研究Vol.28 No.1(No.31) 2006PP. 116–120.

41.     GUAN Zeng-jian, On the Ancient Chinese Concept of Time and Space, Kwan Yu Chen and Sun Xiaochun ed. Frontiers of Oriental Astronomy, China Science & Technology Press, October, 2006.

42.     GUAN Zeng-jianExploration of Visual Sense of Ancient China. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 6, 2006.

43.     GUAN Zeng-jian, The Historical and Cultural Value of Dengfeng Observatory, in Chen, K-Y., Orchiston, W., Soonthornthum, B., and Strom, R.(eds.),2006. Proceedings of the fifth International Conference on Oriental Astronomy. Faculty of Science Press, Chiang Mai University, 2006.

44.     GUAN Zeng-jianExploration of Knowledge of History of Astrology in Traditional Fable. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 7, 2007.

45.     GUAN Zeng-jianShen Kuo’s Contribution to Traditional Chinese Metrology. China MetrologyNo 8, 2007

46.     GUAN Zeng-jian, On Historical Development of Chinese Metrology, XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology26-31 July 2009, Budapest, Hungary.

47.     GUAN Zeng-jian著,加岛淳一郎译,中国计量の历史的展开〔J〕,(日)计量史研究Vol.32 No.1 (No.38) 2010.

48.     GUAN Zeng-jian, On the Educational Functions of the History of Science under the Background of General Education, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 2, 2012.

49.     GUAN Zeng-jian, On Cosmology in the Pre-Qin Period, Studies in the History of Natural Sciences, Vol. 31, No.2(2012).

50.     GUAN Zeng-jian, Plentiful Meanings and Spectacular Defects: Review on American Scholar Ken Alder’s Book The Measure of All ThingsJournal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No 5, 2013.


 Main Research Projects

Studies on the Ancient Chinese Metrology and Its Influence upon East Asian Countries Humanities and Social Science Foundation of Panasonic International Consortium, Japan19992002

Research on Metrology Scholars in Ancient ChinaHumanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Ministry of Education2005

Research on the newest reform of General Education Curriculum system of Harvard University, Key Project of Educational Science fund, Shanghai, 2008.

Research on the chronology of Qian Xue-sen, Qian San-qiang and Qian Wei-Chang’s Academic Thought, Major Project of China Association of Science and Technology,2010.

Geschichte der chinesischen MetrologieChinese Academic Translation Project of National Social Science Foundation of China, 2014.

Multi Volume Book of the History of Metrology in China, Major Projects of National Social Science Fund