Seiichi Terano Japan

Biography of Seiichi Terano

Seiichi Terano studied at the University of Glasgow from 1898 to 1899. He was born in Nagoya, Japan around 1868, son of Motoyochi.

Before the University of Glasgow, Tereno graduated in 1890 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the Imperial University of Japan in Tokyo. He came to Glasgow and studied Naval Architecture at the University while gaining experience working for the Clydebank Engineering and Shipbuilding Company Ltd. He was later made a member of the Institute of Naval Architects in Scotland.

On returning to Japan, he lectured within the College of Engineering at the Imperial University, and worked as an advisor to the Toyo Kisen Kaisha Shipping Company. Terano was at the forefront of research into turbine ships in Japan, which had been influential in the design and creation of the Tenyo Maru and the Chiyo Maru, two of the largest ships of their time. On this subject, Terano addressed the Institution of Naval Architects on several occasions (1906 and 1911). He continued to play an important role in developing naval architectural theory and education, and was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at the Imperial University of Tokyo (Tokyo University) from 1918 until 1920.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • 'Reconsidering Japanese Industrialization: Marine Turbine Transfer at Mitsubishi' from Technology and Culture Vol. 40 January 1999

Archival Materials

  • Glasgow University Archive's Japan File - Archival Notes
  • R8/5/19/8 Glasgow University Matriculation Slips from 1898-1899 (Men S-T)


Seiichi Terano
Born 1868.
GU Degree: Science and Engineering, 1898-99;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: engineers
English snippet: Engineering student at the University of Glasgow, Pioneering Japanese Naval Engineer
Record last updated: 26th Jun 2013

Country Associations

Japan Japan, Nagoya
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student