The history of chinese characters

cang jie

Portrait of Cangjie showing his four eyes and four pupils
Cangjie (Tsang-chieh; simplified Chinese: 仓颉; traditional Chinese: 倉頡; pinyin: Cāngjié; Wade–Giles: Ts’ang1-chieh2) is a legendary figure in ancient China (c. 2650 BC), claimed to be an official historian of the Yellow Emperor and the inventor of Chinese characters. Legend has it that he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented the characters, the deities and ghosts cried and the sky rained millet. He is considered a legendary rather than historical figure, or at least, not considered to be sole inventor of Chinese characters. The Cangjie input method, a Chinese character input method, is named after him. A rock on Mars, visited by the Mars rover Spirit, was named after him by the rover team.(By Wikipedia)