Teruya Shinjo was born August 18, 1938, in Kyoto, Japan, and grew up in Hyogo prefecture. In 1957, he entered Kyoto University and graduated in 1961. He then entered the graduate course in chemistry and was awarded a doctoral degree in 1966. In 1961, two groups of nuclear physicists initiated the Mössbauer effect experiment in Japan: Atsuko Ito and Kazuo Ono at the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP), University of Tokyo; and Naomoto Shikazono at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). The Kyoto group, consisting of Yoji Nakamura, Masayuki Shiga, and Teruya Shinjo, began their Mössbauer spectroscopic studies in 1962, using the facilities at JAERI.