Thumbnail for Cai Lun invents PaperPlay button
Birthplace of Ancient Chinese Paper-Making and Its Inheritor ©CCTV
105 Jan 1

Cai Lun invents Paper

Luoyang, Henan, China

Cai Lun was a Chinese eunuch court official of the Eastern Han dynasty. He is traditionally regarded as the inventor of paper and the modern papermaking process. Although early forms of paper had existed since the 3rd century BCE, he occupies a pivotal place in the history of paper due to his addition of tree bark and hemp ends, which resulted in the large-scale manufacture and worldwide spread of paper.