The Northern Song Dynasty was famous for thinkers, politicians, military strategists, writers, fine culture, and geniuses. Xi Wen, placed people's happiness before his and took care of their worries first.
Fan Zhongyan was described as a middle-aged scholar and a man of wide-knowledge.
He was recruited by Ouyang Shuo through the Recruitment Hall and was appointed as the Director of the Administration Department as well as the Secretary of the Salt Fields Division, due to the fact that he had the experience of managing salt pans in the past.
Although he was a civilian, his literary attainments were so high such that Ouyang Shuo felt more than a little overwhelmed when he first chatted with him.