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Cai Lun
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    Secretary of Emperor He
    Best known for inventing a usable form of paper
    He is wrongly credited for inventing paper.
    Though paper was supposed to help preserve records, the exact formula of his paper is lost to history.
    He got involved in imperial drama and aided in the death of Consort Song.
    When Emperor An (a grandson of Song) assumed power, he put a warrant on Cai.
    He didn't have the balls to go to prison, so he killed himself after a hot bath.
    He also literally didn't have the balls (he was a eunuch).
    He is unknown to most of the world outside Asia.
    While he did not invent paper, he reformed the process of making it.
    His invention is one of the main reasons China excelled ahead of the West in technology.
    When it reached Europe, it also caused a rapid acceleration in technology.
    His invention was a prerequisite to the invention of the printing press.
    He made quite a bit of money for his innovations and the practicality of his paper immediately caught on.

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