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Fuat Sezgin Bio, Biography, Age, Wife, Career, Publications, Awards, Recognition and Death (1924-2018)

Fuat Sezgin Bio, Biography

Fuat Sezgin was born on 24 October 1924 and died on 30 June 2018. He was an orientalist who specialized in the history of Arabic-Islamic science. He was professor emeritus of the History of Natural Science at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He was also the founder and honorary director of the Institute of the History of the Arab Islamic Sciences. Sezgin also created museums in Frankfurt and Istanbul with replicas of historical Arabic-Islamic scientific instruments, tools and maps. He was best-known for his publication is the 13-volume Geschichte des Arabischen Schrifttums, a standard reference in the field.

Fuat Sezgin Age | DOB

He was born on 24 October 1924 in Bitlis, Turkey

Fuat Sezgin Death

He died on 30 June 2018 at the age of age 93 years.
University Education Istanbul University
Occupation Science historian academic

Fuat Sezgin Wife | Spouse(s)

Ursula Sezgin
Awards King Faisal International Prize
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Fuat Sezgin Career

Sezgin earned his PhD from Istanbul University under the German Orientalist Hellmut Ritter in 1950. His thesis titled “Buhari’nin Kaynakları” (The Sources of Al-Bukhari) argued that, as opposed to the regular conviction among European orientalists, Al-Bukhari’s edition of collected Hadiths was based on written sources going back to the seventh century and additionally oral history. He started working at Istanbul University, but was dismissed in the wake of coup. He moved to Germany in 1961 and began working as a visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt. He was named professor at the university in 1965. His exploration in Frankfurt concentrated on Islam’s Golden Age of Science. In 1982, Sezgin set up the Institute of the History of the Arab Islamic Sciences. Today the Institute houses the most comprehensive collection of writings on the historical Arabic-Islamic science. In 1983 Sezgin also established a unique museum within the institute, bringing together more than 800 replicas of ancient scientific instruments, tools, and maps, mostly belonging to the Golden Age of Islamic science. A very similar museum was opened in 2008 in Istanbul.

In 1968, Sezgin discovered four previously unknown books of Diophantus’ Arithmetica at the shrine of Imam Rezā in the sacred Islamic city of Mashad in northeastern Iran.

Fuat Sezgin Publications

Fuat Sezgin had published several publications in his capacity as an author and editor. His 13-volume work Geschichte des Arabischen Schrifttums (1967-2000) is the cornerstone reference for the history of science and technology in the Islamic world. The 5-volume Natural Sciences of Islam documents the items in the Frankfurt museum. Since 1984 he has edited the Journal for the History of Arabic-Islamic Science.

Fuat Sezgin Awards

In his lifetime Sezgin received several awards, including the King Faisal International Prize of Islamic Studies in 1978 and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco and academies of Arabic Language in Cairo, Damascus, and Baghdad.

Fuat Sezgin Recognition (A square in Ankara)

On 24 September 2012, Melih Gökçek, Mayor of Municipality of Metropolitan Ankara, announced that a square in Ankara was named in honor of Fuat Sezgin. A relief of him created by artist Aslan Başpınar at the square was revealed the same day in the presence of Fuat Sezgin and his spouse Ursula by the mayor.

Fuat Sezgin Death

The World-renowned Turkish historian Fuat Sezgin died on 30 June 2018 (Saturday) at the age of 95 years.

Macit Cetinkaya, chair of the board of Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam, told Anadolu Agency that Sezgin died in the hospital where he was treated for an unspecified illness.

I am very saddened by the death of such a valued scientist, regardless of his age. He was a very distinguished scientist,” Cetinkaya said.



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