Bi Sheng, Chinese inventor

Bi Sheng, Chinese inventor

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Caption: Bi Sheng (909-1050), Chinese inventor, using movable type. Bi was a cloth seller who is thought to have invented movable type printing using clay blocks sometime between 1041-1048. His life was recorded in Writings Beside the Meng Creek by Shen Huo.

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