Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 11 – Professor Fahire Battalgazi

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Professor Fahire Battalgazi

1902 – 1948

Fahire Battalgazi was the first Turkish woman to become a zoologist, and the first person to get a zoology doctorate in Turkey. In 1944, she became a full professor at the University of Istanbul. She described several species of freshwater fish that were previously unknown in Turkey, some of which were new to science. Three species of fish have been named after her.  

Born Fahire Akim Hanım, Fahire Battalgazi’s surname was Battalgil until it was changed in 1943.

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Posted in Advent 2018.