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also known as Tiao Min-ch’ien

Editor , journalist

Dr. T. Z. Tyau was a Chinese autor. editor and journalist who at first worked in England and later returned to China to continue his caree of an educator and lecturer. The author of "China’s New Constitutions and International Problems" and "The Legal Obligations arising out of Treaty Relations between China and other States".


Dr. T. Z. Tyau was born at Hsing-ning Hsien, Giangdong province in 1888. He was a brother of Dr. Philip Tyau.


At the age of seven Dr. Tyau was sent by his parents to Honolulu to study. He joined St. Peter’s School. In 1900 he returned to China and entered the St. John’s University, Shanghai where he graduated in February 1907 at the head of the class.

After the graduation Dr. Tyau taught school for two years and then went to England to pursue a higher education. From 1909 to 1916 Dr. Tyau studied at the University of London. In November 1914 he obtained his LL.B. degree with honors. In July 1916 he was awarded the LL.D. The subject of his thesis was “The Legal Obligations Arising out of Treaty Relations between China and other States.”

Two years previous to his post graduation he was Quain Prizeman in International Law at London University which honor he held until 1916.


Dr. Tyau after his graduation at St.John’s University and before going abroad interested himself in the publication of the World’s Chinese Students Journal, which existed from 1996 to 1913 and of which he subsequently became an editor.

While attending the University of London he acted as London correspondent of the Republican Advocate (Shanghai) between 1912 and 1913, edited the East in the West (London). He also contributed articles to the London Times, the Contemporary Review.

In August of 1910 he represented China at the Universal Peace Congress at Stockholm, represented China together with Dr. C. T. Wang at the World’s Christian Students Conference at Constantinople in May of 1911 and at the Anti-Opium Conference in Paris in May of 1914.

Upon the return to China in September 1916 Dr. Tyau was engaged by the Tsinghua College to lecture on International Law and teach English. This post he held until September 1919. He joined the faculty of the Tsinghua College in October 1919 again.

From December 1921 to May 1922 Dr. Tyau was Secretary to the Minister of Communications. In April 1922 he was appointed Secretary of the Post-Washington Conference Commission. In May 1922 he was awarded the Fourth Class Chiaho Decoration and in April 1923 the Third Class Chaho.

Dr. Tyau was the author of the following works: “The Legal Obligations arising out of Treaty Relations between China and other States” (1917); “China’s New Constitutions and International Problems” (1918) and “London through Chinese Eyes" (1920). The last mentioned work was published by Headly Brothers, illustrated by a Chinese lady artist and contains a preface by Sir John Jordan, former British Minister in Peking.