Kiyoshi Minami Japan Scotland

Biography of Kiyoshi Minami

Minami Kiyoshi attended the University of Glasgow between 1880 and 1882, studying Physics and Engineering.

Before coming to Glasgow, Minami graduated from the Imperial College of Engineers in Tokyo with a first class diploma, and undertook work experience in the Imperial Survey Department under Colin Alexander McVean and as an apprentice in government workshops in Ekabane. After graduation he was employed to work on the construction of the Kyoto-Otsu railway under Messrs. T.R. Shervinton and T.M. Rymer-Jones.

Selected by the Ministry of Education to further his education abroad, Minami matriculated at the University in 1880. While at the University, he was awarded the George Harvey Prize and the Walker Prize for written examinations. Minami also gained both field and office work experience with the Caledoninan Railway Company on the railway extensions as an assistant resident engineer.

Minami returned to Japan in 1883 and was appointed resident engineer in the Government Railway Service, which oversaw the construction of railway networks across the country. In 1889 he became Chief Engineer on the Sanyō line and, seven years later, he was appointed to the role of Consulting Engineer for the same company. He also became President of the Hankaku Railway. Throughout his career he was awarded a number of accolades, including the Order of the Rising Sun in 1896, and was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1882.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R8/5/1/5 Matriculation Slip, 1880-81, Men, K-M
  • R9/1/6 Class Catalogue, 1880-85
  • Sen10/22 University (Prize) Calendar, 1880-81


Kiyoshi Minami
Born 1 May 1856.
Died 20 January 1904.
GU Degree: Science and Engineering, 1880-82;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: engineers, civil
English snippet: Chief engineer on Sanyō railway line
Record last updated: 4th Feb 2013

Country Associations

Japan Japan, Fukushima, Aizu
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student