Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Famous People

Mustafa Kemal ATATURK (19 May 1881–10 November 1938) was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Turkish Republic as well as its first president.

Mustafa Kemal established himself as an intelligent and extremely capable military commander while serving as a division commander at the Battle of Gallipoli. He later fought with distinction on the eastern Anatolian and Palestinian fronts, making a name for himself during World War I.[4] Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the hands of the Allies, and the subsequent plans for its partition, Mustafa Kemal led the Turkish national movement in what would become the Turkish War of Independence. Having established a provisional government in Ankara, he defeated the forces sent by the Allies of World War I. His successful military campaigns led to the liberation of the country and to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.

As the first President of Turkey, Atatürk embarked upon a major program of political, economic, and cultural reforms. An admirer of the Age of Enlightenment, Atatürk sought to transform the ruins of the Ottoman Empire into a modern, democratic, secular, nation-state. The principles of Atatürk's reforms are often referred to as Kemalism and continue to form the political foundation of the modern Turkish state.

Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz player and 2007 NBA All-Star
Utah Jazz – No. 13
Center-Power forward
Born: May 26, 1979 (1979-05-26) (age 29)
Yalova, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 263 lb (119.3 kg)
League NBA
Draft 2nd round, 38th overall, 2001
Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1997–present
Former teams Oyak Renault (1997–1998)
Tofaş S.K. (1998–2000)
Efes Pilsen (2000–2002)
Detroit Pistons (2002–2004)
Awards 2007 NBA All-Star
1-Time NBA Champion
Profile Info Page

Ara Güler (born August 16, 1928, Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish photojournalist of descent, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul"

Fatih Akın- German film Director of Turkish descent Fatih Akın (August 25, 1973 in Hamburg, Germany) is a European Film Award winning German film director of Turkish descent.

Nasuh Mahruki
Ali Nasuh Mahruki (born May 21, 1968) is a professional mountain climber, writer, photographer and documentary producer. An all-round outdoor sportsman, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest and was the first ever Turkish person to climb the Seven Summits.
Between 1992 and 1994, Mahruki climbed the five highest former Soviet mountains in Asia (Khan Tengri, Lenin Peak, Peak Korzhenevskaya, Communism Peak and Peak Pobeda), which are all over 7,000 metres high. This achievement gained him the honorific title "Snow Leopard", awarded by the Russian Climbing Federation. This recognition led him to his high altitude mountaineering career.

Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964 in Istanbul) is a Turkish pop star and also a cross-over soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in her homeland, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music. In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit song "Everyway That I Can", although she has had many other achievements outside Turkey.

Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972), popularly known as Tarkan, is a World Music award winning German-born Turkish pop singer. Tarkan has been known for the use of sexual and romantic themes in his work and has been nicknamed the "Prince Of Pop" by the media.He has also been listed by Rhapsody as a key artist in the history of European pop music, with his signature song "Şımarık" as a keystone track that moved the genre forward.

Hadise Açıkgöz, (born October 22, 1985 in Mol, Belgium), best known as just Hadise, is a TMF award winning Belgian-Turkish R&B singer-songwriter and an occasional presenter.She is currently in the process of making her third studio album and also preparing to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "Düm Tek Tek". Hadise will be the first singer not born in Turkey to represent the country.

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