Papers of Aikitsu Tanakadate, 1856-1952, physicist and physics graduate, University of Glasgow

Scope and Content

The collection conisists largely of photocopies dating from around 2007, with the original records dating from between 1888-1935. It is the dates of the original items which are represented in the list below. Newsletters dating from 2006-2007 and featuring a retrospective look at Tanakadate were added to the collection by his great grandson, Akira Matuura, as were photographs featuring Matuura's visit to Glasgow in 2005.  

  • Correspondence (photocopies), 1888-1935;
  • Newsletters, 2005-2006;
  • Photographs taken during Akira Matuura's visit to Glasgow, 2005;
  • Business bills and receipts (photocopies), 1888;
  • Japanese postage stamps designed by Akira Matuura, c2000s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aikitsu Tanakadate (1856-1952), later known as the "father of Japenese seismology", studied electricity and magnetism under Lord Kelvin at Glasgow University from 1888-1890, undertaking research on anmeters. He went on to become Japan's first distinguished physicist and one of the country's most reknowned geophysicists and seismologists. He was involved in earthquake investigation and research, and through this work went on to found the Insititute of Seismology at Tokyo University. He was Professor of Physics at the Imperial University of Tokyo and Director of the Physical Institute, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Mizusawa Astro-Geodynamics Observatory. He died in 1952.


Chronological within record series.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Akira Matuura : 2005

Other Finding Aids

File level list in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Received from the family.


Originals may be deposited in the future

Related Material

No known related material.

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection cataloged by Elva MacLean, Volunteer, and members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 28 January 2013. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 28 January 2013.