He graduated from the Chemistry Section, Tokyo University (1907). Studied inorganic chemistry in Britain, France and Germany.
He was appointed assistant professor of Tokyo University, a judge at the Patent Bureau. Took his doctor's degree (1917) and later was appointed professor at his alma mater (1919). Became professor at Nagoya University and concurrently director of its attached Marine Experiment Station. An authority on inorganic chemistry and geochemistry.