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Academic, Physicist

“Professor Gürsey is among the most talented theoretical physicists of his generation. He is widely and warmly regarded as a physicist and as a colleague.”

— Prof. Robert Oppenheimer

Gürsey was born in Istanbul in 1921. He graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1940, and from Istanbul University’s Physics Department in 1944. He received his PhD from the University of London in the field of applied mathematics in 1950. After becoming an associate professor at Istanbul University in 1953, he conducted research and lectured at Princeton and Columbia Universities between 1959 and 1961. In 1961, he became a professor in the Physics Department of Middle East Technical University. In 1963-64 as a Fulbright grantee, he conducted research in the field of corporate physics (general relativity and elementary particles) at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. He lectured at Yale University until he retired in 1991 and returned to Turkey. He was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus at Boğaziçi University. He passed away in the United States in 1992.

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