June, 9 Fikret Kurtman, a scientist famous among the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in the Republic of Turkey, passed away in Ankara.
Fikret Kurtman was born in 1926 in the town of Edindzhik, Balikesir province, in the family of the Crimean Tatars hailing from the cities of Yalta and Bakhchisaray.
Professor Kurtman finished the Geological Department of Istanbul University, and obtained master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Bonn in West Germany. Following return to Turkey, Professor Kurtman worked in the Department of Geothermal and Oil Resources in the Research and Exploration Institute and taught at the University of Selcuk (Konya).
In his academic career Kurtman held the post of the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, as well as Chairman of the Department of Engineering Geology.
The scientific works by Professor Fikret Kurtman were published both in Turkey and abroad.
Kurtman was married to a Crimean Tatar Sebahat and had three children: Yurdusev Tyurkin, Nursun and Cengiz Kurtman. June 10, Professor Fikret Kurtman was buried in the Karsiyaka cemetery in Ankara.
The QHA News Agency expresses condolences to the relatives of Fikret Kurtman.