This year a Turkish historian of Crimean Tatar origin Kemal Karpat was awarded the Presidential Prize in the field of culture and arts in the Republic of Turkey.
The award ceremony took place on December 28 at the Presidential residence of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the participation of the Turkish leader.
Apart from award-winning men of culture and art, the event was attended by ministers, representatives of the media and other guests.
“It is impossible to maintain the independence of a State, which can not develop in the field of culture and art. And it's not just about the cultivation of new values. It is also about the need to talk and get acquainted with what we already have, at a global level, to attach greater importance to the influence of these values,” Erdogan said in his speech.
Turkish President personally handed all prizes and awards to representatives of culture. Among the nominees were Şener Şen (cinema), Mustafa Kutlu (literature), Professor Erol Parlak (music) and others.
Turkish historian of the Crimean Tatar origin was awarded for the work in the social sciences and history. Professor of the Crimean Tatar origin Hakan Kyrymly took the award on his behalf.
Kemal Karpat, a world-known Turkish historian of the Crimean Tatar origin on his mother’s side, was born in Romania in 1923.
He wrote more than 150 scientific articles, 16 books that have been translated into 20 languages, and has been several awarded for achievements in the field of social sciences and history. Karpat began his scientific career in America at universities of New York and Washington, he taught at Columbia, Princeton, and Bilkent State universities. At the moment, Professor Kemal Karpat continues to work on the historical department of the University of Wisconsin.