Taizo Shoda Japan

Biography of Taizo Shoda

Taizo Shoda, Session 1913-14
Taizo Shoda, Session 1913-14

(Paul) Taizo Shoda (1892-1988) was a University graduate who became a leading figure in the Japanese engineering industry. A chair, a lecture and a prize are named for him.

Born in Tokyo, Shoda was the son of one of the general managers at the Mitsubishi Dockyard and Engine Works, and of the daughter of the company's founder. His father had visited Glasgow in 1889 to study British shipbuilding practices and sent his son to study Engineering at the University. He matriculated in 1911 and gained work experience with the marine engineers David Rowan & Co. He graduated BSc in 1916.

Shoda returned to Japan, where he worked for the Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Manufacturing Co and became one of Japan's leading aero-engine designers. He rose to the position of Vice President of the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. In 1988 he was awarded an honorary DSc by the University for his outstanding contribution to engineering and the development of engineering in Japan.

In 1995 the Shoda Chair in Aerospace Systems was founded with a gift from Shoda's family and friends. The following year, an endowment was set up in his memory by family and friends, intended to fund the annual Shoda Memorial Lecture; a Shoda Prize for an outstanding student in aerospace engineering, and the promotion and development of Aerospace Engineering at the University.


Taizo Shoda

Born 29 October 1892.
Died 1988.
GU Degree:
University Link: Alumnus, Benefactor
Occupation categories: engineers
English snippet: Engineering graduate of the University, leading Japanese engineer
Record last updated: 18th Jul 2013

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Japan Japan, Tokyo
Place of Birth

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University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Benefactor


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