Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Salih Zeki

  • Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir
Reference work entry

BornIstanbul, (Turkey), 1864

DiedIstanbul, (Turkey), 1921

Salih Zeki was one of the most important mathematicians of the late Ottoman period. He was the founder of the mathematics, physics, and astronomy departments of Istanbul University and was also one of the first modern Turkish scholars to undertake research on the history of science in Turkey. After the death of his parents, his grandmother sent him to Dārüsssafaka (school for orphans) when he was ten. After graduating first in his class in 1882, Salih Zeki was assigned to the Post and Telegraph Ministry (Administration). In 1884, the ministry decided to train expert cable engineers and physicists in Europe, and so he, along with several of his friends, was sent to Paris. After studying electrical engineering at the École Polytechnique in Paris, Salih Zeki returned to Istanbul in 1887 and started working at his former workplace as an electrical engineer and inspector. At the same time, he taught physics and chemistry at the...

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Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey