İnci Pirinçcioğlu


Pirinçcioğlu was born in İstanbul in 1923. After graduating from Üsküdar American College for Girls, she entered İstanbul University Faculty of Letters, Department of English Philology and worked as an assistant to influential author Halide Edip Adıvar after 1946. Having been awarded the Fulbright scholarship in 1952, she pursued her research in literature at Haverford College and Columbia University. Pirinçcioğlu became Turkey’s first professional tourist guide, and established Interpreters-Guides Association (1955). Founding Turkey’s first tourism agency in 1966, she also made her mark in organization business. Her colorful life story met readers in her works, A Doyenne in Tourism: A Fulbrighter and İnci. She passed away in İstanbul on December 17, 2001.

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