Naosada Taniguchi Japan

Biography of Naosada Taniguchi

Naosada Taniguchi, Matriculation 1876-77
Naosada Taniguchi, Matriculation 1876-77

Naosada Taniguchi graduated BSc from the University of Glasgow in 1878.

Taniguchi was born around 1858 in Yamato, Japan. His father, Naomitsu, or Naonietsa, was a school officer.

Taniguchi was one of the first Japanese students to attend the University of Glasgow from the Kobu Daigakko College in Tokyo, where Henry Dyer taught, the noted engineer and educator who was integral in pioneering Western style education in Japan. As a promising engineer at the college, Taniguchi was sent to study at the University of Glasgow, where he arrived in 1876 to study Civil Engineering.

Taniguchi returned to Japan in 1881, where he taught at the Tokyo Mechanic School and was later appointed to Professor within the College of Science at Tokyo University. Alongside his professorship, Taniguchi was the chief engineer to the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. He resigned his professorship in 1890, to move into the business world.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • The Japanese Discovery of Victorian Britain by Andrew Cobbing

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/31 General Council Register
  • Glasgow Archives Database: Male Matriculations 1859-1883
  • Glasgow University Archive's Japan File - Archival Notes


Naosada Taniguchi
Born 1858.
GU Degree: BSc, 1878; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: engineers
English snippet: One of the earliest Japanese graduates of the University of Glasgow, Professor of Science at Tokyo University and Chief Engineer of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce
Record last updated: 26th Jun 2013

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