Nagakata Yamamoto Japan

Biography of Nagakata Yamamoto

Nagakata Yamamoto, matriculation slip 1889-90
Nagakata Yamamoto, matriculation slip 1889-90

Nagakata Yamamoto graduated BSc in Naval Architecture from the University of Glasgow in 1895 and DSc in 1910.

Yamamoto was born on 24 January 1870 in Tokyo, Japan. His father, Nagamitsu, was a retired officer of the Japanese Army.

Nagakata studied Science and Engineering, attending classes in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Naval Architecture, graduating in 1895. He continued his studies, graduating DSc in absentia in 1910 with his doctoral thesis entitled New turbine driven triple screw Pacific liner ‘Tenyo Maru’.

Upon his graduation in 1895, Yamamoto returned to Japan where he worked as chief technician at the Nagasaki Shipyard of the Mitsubishi Company, and played an important part in preparing Anglo-Japanese exhibitions in the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. In 1917, he was appointed to lecturer at Tokyo University's faculty of Engineering, specialising in Naval Architecture. In 1921 he became a Professor, and lectured at the Osaka Industrial College from 1929.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • James R. Bartholomew, The Formation of Science in Japan, p. 201

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/31 General Council Register
  • Glasgow University Archive's Japan File - Archival Notes
  • R1/6/1 DSc Graduation Album 1890-1987
  • R3/1/1 Registers of dates of birth of graduates
  • R3/2/1 Roll of Graduates from 1897 -1917
  • R8/5/10/9 Matriculation Slips 1889-1890 Men U-Y


Nagakata Yamamoto
Born 24 January 1870.
GU Degrees: BSc, 1895; Science and Engineering, DSc, 1910; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate, Researcher
Occupation categories: engineers, naval
English snippet: Engineering graduate of the University of Glasgow, Professor of Naval Architecture at Tokyo University
Record last updated: 8th Apr 2015

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