was born in march 1914, in the province of Kochi
. He graduated in Mathematics
by the Osaka
's Imperial University of Science, and thaught in his hometown - Tosa
. During the war he was a professor in the navy of Tsuchiura. Later on he developed his professional career
in the Osaka area being part of the faculty
of schools like Ottemon and Sakuramiya, for 33 years.
In 1954, Toru Kumon started the orientation
of his oldest son, Takeshi, using papers with exercises in calculus
, guiding him towards a way to study
in an autodidact
ic way. The results achieve
d caught the attention of other parents and teachers, who became interested by this method of study. In 1956, the first Kumon unit was opened, in the city of Moriguchi (Osaka), having Ms. Teiko, his wife, as the counselor
In 1958 he founded the Kumon
Institute of Education and through its individualized method
of study, according to the student potential
, it develop
ed a large number of bright
students. Since 1974, when the first Kumon unit outside Japan was inaugurated, the method has been in constant expansion
throughout the world, with more than 2,500,000 students these days.
Toru Kumon passed away in July of 1995, leaving behind him, clearly, the words that summarize
"To find out the potential in each individual, developing their habilities to their fullest capacity, forming this way responsible and mentally sane people able to contribute to the global community."