PROFESSOR AKITSUGU KAWAGUCHI The Anniversary of Akisugu KAWAGUCHI's 100 years birth, the Founder
of Tensor Society
Professor Akitsugu Kawaguchi was born on April 8, 1902, in Kumamoto Prefecture,
From 1922 to 1928 he had his schooling at Tohoku University in Sendai
(Tohoku Region in Japan) where he did his graduate work taking Bachelor
of Science degree in 1925. In 1931 he received the doctorate of science
from the some University.
In 1928 hi was appointed Acting Member of the newly-organized faculty
of Sciences of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, in order to organize the
development of Mathematics in the some Faculty. From 1928 to 1930 at the
request of the Government of Japan he visited Germany, Italy and America
in order to study Mathematics, especially Differential geometry. On ther
foundation of the faculty of science at the Hokkaido University in 1930
he was appointed Associate Professor of the same University and acted as
the director of the Department. Since 1933 hi has been ordinary professor
of the same University, and since 1952 he has held an additional post.
Professor of the Nihon University in Tokyo, and organized in 1959 the new
department of Mathematics at the College od Science and Engineering of
the same University.
From 1953 to 1962 he often traveled overseas for attending the International
Congress of Mathematicians or delivering lectures to students of many universities
in the world.
Akitsugu Kawaguchi is the Founder of Tensor society and first president
of the Tensor society since 1938. Tensor society is of international nature.
In 1970, after his participation to the International Congress of Mathematicians
held in Nica (France) on September 1-10, he was invited to the V. Kongres
matematičara, fizičara I astronoma Jugoslavije (Fifth Congress of Mathematics,
Physics and Astronomy in Yugoslavia) held in Ohrid (Makedonia, Yugoslavia)
on September 14-19, as a guest and delivered a one-hour lecture "On differential
Geometry of higher order manifolds" there. Afterward, the Serbian Academy
of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade invited him to deliver a lecture and then
be was invited by the University in Novi Sad in order to talk with the
staffs. Before this participation to the Congress in Nice, on invitation
be visited the Mathematical Institute in Oberwolfach (Schwarcwald, West
Germany) in the end of August.
The above stated three trips in abroad gave him the good and fortunate
chances to make warmer his friendships with many friends in aboard as well
as to get personal acquaintances of very many young mathematicians, physists
and mechanists in the world, and the Tensor Society could get many new
members in virtue of his trips.
Not only in the field of pure scientific research, but also his contribution
to mathematical education in schools in Japan is so great that one cannot
disregard it. He keep the position of the President of the Hokkaido Association
of Mathematical Education more than ten years and presided the annual meeting
of the Association held elsewhere in Hokkaido every year in order to guide
studies of mathematical education by school teachers.
. His greatest merit in the introduction of the concept "motion, consisting
of parallel displacement, rotation and reflexion, and similar transformation"
in order to understand the properties of figures (geometry) in place of
"Euclid Elements" into School-mathematics from standpoint of modern idea
This concept was adopted as the standard one in the Guide-Principle
of Education (Gakusha Shido Yoryo) published by the Ministry of Education
PROFESSOR TOMOAKI KAWAGUCHI Professor of Mejiro University, Present President of Tensor Society,
Doctor of Engineering, Professor of Mejiro University,
Present President of Tensor Society, Japan
Birthday: February 10, 1935
Akitsugu Kawaguchi, First president of Tensor Society,
March 31, 1958, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, College of Tech-nology,
Post graduate Research student:
April 1, 1958 - December 31, 1962, Faculty of Dept. of Mathematical
Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
Research Assistant: January 1, 1963 - March 31, 1977, Faculty of Engineering,
University of Tokyo
Professor: April 1, 1977 - March 31, 1998, Institute of Information
University of Tsukuba, Retired by retiring age
Professor: April 1, 1999 - Now, Mejiro University
Treasurer of Tencor Society: Aug. 1, 1984 - Dec. 31, 1992
President of Tensor Society: Jan. 1, 1992 - Now
Editorial Bord Member, Reports of Mathematical Physics, Poland: 1990
Foreign Examiner Board Members of Ph. D. : Dept. of Mathematics, University
of Calcutta & Dept. of Mathematics, Varanas Hindu University
Scientific Papers: 60