He graduated from Brussels University.
A graduate of Brussels University, he was for some time an instructor, first at Waseda University and then of Kyoto University. He was also professor at Chuo University. In 1895, he began research of Lake Yamanaka. This is said to have laid the foundation for the study of lacustrinial science in Japan. He was awarded a doctorate (1936) for his thesis "Research of Lakes in Japan's North Alps."