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Batur, Sabahattin

Batur, Sabahattin (b. August 1, 1920, Devrek, Zonguldak - d. January 19, 2012, Aydın), scholar, librarian and museologist. He was curator of the Sadberk Hanım Museum between 1980 and 1985.

After graduating from Kastamonu High School in 1940, he studied at Istanbul University, firstly in the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Letters and then completing teacher training there in 1947. After working as a philosophy teacher at a number of schools, he began working as a librarian in 1951. In Istanbul, he was employed as the head of a number of libraries (1960-77), as the director of Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture (1977-78) and director of Topkapı Palace Museum (1978-80). In 1980, he retired from his post as advisor to the Ministry of Culture. In the following period, he was director of the Sadberk Hanım Museum between 1980 and 1985 and managed a number of cultural institutions from 1985 to 1995.

Batur began writing poems in high school, a number of which were published in magazines before being published as a collection in Akçakuşlar (Whitish Birds; 2002). He also published an anthology, Yeni Şiirimiz (Our New Poetry) in 1960 and an intellectual study, Topkapı. Architecture: The Harem and Other Buildings (together with Kemal Çığ and Cengiz Köseoğlu, 1988).

Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.