My recent topics and interests, Episode 8-4

(by S. Miyauchi, Professional Engineer, Doctor of Engineering, JSME Fellow)

<About Kyoto and Kyoto University >


Kyoto University and its graduates are said to "Tradition of academic freedom and liberalism" and "Behavioral intellectuals to the field". Because of these, they resisted militarism after Taisho Democracy (from 1912 to 1926) before World War Ⅱ. They also go to Africa like researchers of the above-mentioned monkey studies. Also, "knowledge" is not just a means, and many graduates make it the ultimate goal.

A typical example is Nishibori Eisaburo (西堀栄三郎). In 1922 when he was a high scool student, he interpreted Einstein who wanted Kyoto sightseeing for three days. He developed a vacuum tube in 1943 when he was a technical general manager of Toshiba. After World War Ⅱ, he become a technical consultant and introduced Japanese industry the statistical quality control method which became the foundation of Japanese dramatic rapid economic growth.

In addition, he became the overwinter captain of the First Antarctic Expedition (1957) and gave Japanese people courage and hope in the dark era after the war.

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