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Feza Gürsey

Feza Gürsey
Born (1921-04-07)April 7, 1921
Died April 13, 1992(1992-04-13) (aged 71)
New Haven, Connecticut
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
Fields Mathematical Physics
Thesis Applications of Quaternions to Field Equations [9] (1950)
Doctoral advisor Harry Jones (de)[1]
Doctoral students

Feza Gürsey (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈfezɑ ˈɟyɾsej]; April 7, 1921 – April 13, 1992) was a Turkish mathematician and physicist. Among his most prominent contributions to theoretical physics, his works on the Chiral model and on SU(6) are most popular.


Feza Gürsey was born on April 7, 1921, in Istanbul, to Reşit Süreyya Gürsey, a military physician, and Remziye Hisar, a chemist and a pioneering female Turkish scientist. He graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1940, and received his degree in Mathematics – Physics from Istanbul University in 1944.

Through a scholarship of the Turkish Ministry of Education he received while he was an assistant in Istanbul University, he pursued a doctorate degree at the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. He completed his work on Application of Quaternions to Quantum Field Theory in 1950. After spending the period from 1950 to 1951 in postdoctoral research at Cambridge University, he worked as an assistant at Istanbul University, where he married Suha Pamir, also a physics assistant, in 1952, and in 1953 he acquired the title of associate professor.

During 1957–1961 he worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Columbia University. In 1960s, he worked on the Nonlinear Chiral Lagrangian, and produced results of relevance to Quantum Chromodynamics.

Returning to Turkey in 1961, he accepted the title of professor from Middle East Technical University (METU) and took part in the establishment of METU Department of Theoretical Physics. Continuing his work as a lecturer at METU until 1974, he formed a research group.

Being offered a position at Yale University in 1965, he started to work in both Yale University and METU, until 1974, when he decided to give up his position in METU and settle in the United States to continue with Yale. During these years, he took part in the formulation of E(6) grand unified theories.[10]

Gürsey died in 1992, in New Haven, Connecticut. He is survived by his son, Yusuf Gürsey. The Feza Gürsey Institute, founded by the joint effort of Boğaziçi University and TÜBİTAK in Turkey, is named in his honor.

Edward Witten Notes:

.       Courtesy of the Editors of Strings and Symmetries, Proceedings, Istanbul, Turkey, 1994, Aktas et al.


Awards and honors

The Feza Gürsey Institute in Istanbul and Feza Gürsey Science Center in Ankara are named in his honor.


  1. ^ Physics tree profile Feza Gürsey
  2. ^ Itzhak Bars, University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484
  3. ^ Murat Günaydın Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, United States
  4. ^ "The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Metin Gürses". Mathematics Genealogy Project. North Dakota State University Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Metin Gürses, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
  6. ^ Pierre Sikivie, University of Florida, Florida, United States
  7. ^ Sultan Catto, City University of New York, New York, NY, United States
  8. ^ "The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Atsushi Higuchi". Mathematics Genealogy Project. North Dakota State University Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Feza Gürsey". Mathematics Genealogy Project. North Dakota State University Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  10. ^ F. Gürsey, P. Ramond, P. Sikivie, A universal gauge theory model based on E6, Physics Letters B, Volume 60, Issue 2, 5 January 1976, Pages 177-180.
  11. ^ Walter, Claire (1982). Winners, the blue ribbon encyclopedia of awards. Facts on File Inc. p. 438. ISBN 9780871963864. 
  12. ^ "Gürsey and Glashow share Oppenheimer memorial". Physics Today. American Institute of Physics. May 1977. doi:10.1063/1.3037556. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Dr. Feza Gursey, 71, A Decorated Physicist". New York Times. 1992-04-24. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  14. ^ "Fizikciler, Feza Gursey". 2006. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  15. ^ "Onorificenze - Dettaglio del conferimento". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 

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