Riotaro Hirano Hunter Japan

Biography of Riotaro Hirano Hunter

Riotaro Hirano Hunter, or Ryutarō Hanta, graduated BSc from the University on 21 April 1893.

Hunter was born in Kobe, located in the southern region of mainland Japan, on 8 August 1871. His father was Edward Hazlett Hunter, who, worked for the Scottish firm Kilby House in Kobe, married a Japanese woman and set up the Osaka Iron Works with Saburohyoue Uchida in 1881.

Riotaro Hunter first matriculated at the University in 1889, aged 18, and attended classes in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology, Civil Engineering and Drawing, Naval Architecture and Astronomy. He lodged on Vinicombe Street in Hillhead while studying at the University.

Upon graduation, he returned to Japan, adopting his father's surname change of 'Hanta', and took over his father's business, which developed into Hitachi Zōsen.


Printed Materials

  • Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market by John Latham and Heita Kawakatsu

Archival Materials

  • DC/183/11/29 General Council Register
  • R4/5/1: Schedules of graduates in Science (BSc) 1880-1897
  • R8/5/10/4 Glasgow University Matriculation Slips for Men from 1889-1890


Riotaro Hirano Hunter
Born 8 August 1871.
GU Degree: BSc, 1893; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: engineers
English snippet: Engineering graduate of the University of Glasgow, Manager of Osaka Iron Works
Record last updated: 24th Jan 2013

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Japan Japan, Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe
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