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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Istanbul University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Istanbul University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Istanbul University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Istanbul University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Istanbul University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Istanbul University.

This list is made up of graduates like David Ben-Gurion and Orhan Pamuk.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Istanbul University?” and “Which celebrities are Istanbul University alumni?”

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Hrant Dink is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Writer Hrant Dink was a Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist and columnist. As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in ...more

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Nihat Erim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician Ismail Nihat Erim was a Turkish politician and jurist. He served as the Prime Minister of Turkey for almost 14 months after the 1971 Turkish coup d'état. He was assassinated in Istanbul

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Cavit Orhan Tütengil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Journalist Cavit Orhan Tütengil was a Turkish sociologist, writer and columnist, who was murdered.

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Muammer Aksoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Journalist Muammer Aksoy was a Turkish academic of law, politician, columnist and intellectual, who was assassinated by unknown murderers.

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Orhan Pamuk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Ferit Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish citizen who born to Circassian parents novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Turkey's most prominent ...more

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David Ben-Gurion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician David Ben-Gurion was the primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and ...more

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar was one of the most important modern novelists and essayists of Turkish literature. He was also a member of the Turkish parliament between 1942 and 1946.

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Arif Mardin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Music Producer Arif Mardin was a Turkish-American music producer, who worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco, and country. He worked at ...more

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Tuncel Kurtiz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Film Director Tuncel Tayanç Kurtiz was a Turkish theatre, movie and TV series actor, playwright, and film director Since 1964, he acted in more than 70 movies, including many international

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Altan Alpay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Altan Alpay Internet Entrepreneur

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Hulusi Behçet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Dermatologist, Scientist, Physician Hulusi Behçet was a Turkish dermatologist and scientist. He described a disease of inflamed blood vessels in 1937, which is named after him as the Behçet's disease.

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Attila İlhan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Novelist Attilâ İlhan was a Turkish poet, novelist, essayist, journalist and reviewer.

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Engin Arık is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Physicist Engin Arık was a renowned Turkish particle physicist. She was a professor and head of the Experimental High Energy Physics group at the Boğaziçi University. Arık was born in Istanbul and ...more

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Kadir Topbaş is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Architect Kadir Topbaş is a Turkish architect, businessman, politician and the current mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey.

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Zeki Demirkubuz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Zeki Demirkubuz is a contemporary Turkish film director, screenwriter, producer and film editor.

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Yıldırım Akbulut is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Yıldırım Akbulut Politician Yıldırım Akbulut is a Turkish politician, who was a leader of the Anavatan Partisi, a former Prime Minister of Turkey and twice the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

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Reşat Nuri Güntekin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Novelist, Writer Reşat Nuri Güntekin was a Turkish novelist, storywriter and playwright. His best known novel, Çalıkuşu is about the destiny of a young Turkish female teacher in Anatolia; a movie was ...more

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Abdullah Gül is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician Abdullah Gül, is a Turkish politician who served as the 11th President of Turkey, in office from 2007 to 2014. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and ...more

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Duygu Asena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Journalist, Author Duygu Asena was a Turkish journalist, best-selling author and activist for women’s rights.

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Ufuk Uras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Economist Mehmet Ufuk Uras [yû'fak Yɔr əsʂ] is a Turkish libertarian socialist politician and economist who became the first socialist independent candidate elected to the Turkish parliament since ...more

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Ertuğrul Günay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Ertuğrul Günay Politician Ertuğrul Günay was the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.

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Aykut Barka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Scientist Aykut Barka was a Turkish earth scientist specialized in earthquake research. He is best known for his contributions to understanding the behaviour of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, one of the ...more

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Candan Erçetin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Singer Candan Erçetin, is a Turkish singer, songwriter and Vice-President of Galatasaray.

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Abdi İpekçi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Journalist, Human rights activist Abdi İpekçi was a Turkish journalist, intellectual and an activist for human rights. He was murdered while editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet.

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Adnan Oktar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Author, Writer Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya, is a Turkish author referred to as "the biggest propagator of ijaz literature" as well as an Islamic creationist. In 2007, he sent thousands of ...more

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Nimet Baş is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Nimet Baş is a Turkish politician and lawyer. She has been the Member of Parliament from the Justice and Development Party since 2002. She was the Minister of State and the Minister of National ...more

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Metin Erksan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director Metin Erksan, born İsmail Metin Karamanbey, was a Turkish film director and art historian.

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Muzafer Sherif is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Psychologist, Scientist Muzafer Sherif was a Turkish-American social psychologist. He helped develop social judgment theory and realistic conflict theory. Sherif was a founder of modern social psychology, who developed ...more

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Naim Talu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Economist Mehmet Naim Talu was a Turkish economist, banker, politician and former Prime Minister of Turkey.

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Cemil Çiçek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician Cemil Çiçek is a Turkish politician who is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey since 4 July 2011. He served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and Justice and ...more

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Mıgırdiç Margosyan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Novelist Mıgırdiç Margosyan is an Armenian and Turkish writer of Armenian descent.

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Erkan Mumcu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Erkan Mumcu Politician Erkan Mumcu is a Turkish politician and the sixth leader of the Motherland Party.

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Sadi Irmak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician Mahmut Sadi Irmak, was a Turkish academics in physiology, politician and former Prime Minister of Turkey.

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Mehmet Ali Şahin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Mehmet Ali Şahin Politician, Lawyer Mehmet Ali Şahin is a Turkish politician. He was the Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey between 2009 and 2011. He was the member of the parliament for three terms from Istanbul Province and ...more

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Ahmet Altan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Writer Ahmet Hüsrev Altan is a Turkish journalist and author. A working journalist for more than twenty years, he has served in all stages of the profession, from being a night shift reporter to ...more

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Hayati Yazıcı is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Hayati Yazıcı is a Turkish lawyer and politician. He is currently Turkey's Minister of Customs and Trade.

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Cüneyt Arkın is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Fahrettin Cüreklibatır, better known by his stage name Cüneyt Arkın, is a Turkish film actor, director, and producer. Having starred in somewhere around 248 movies and also TV series, ...more

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Oben Özaydın is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Oben Özaydın Journalist

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Orhan Veli Kanık is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Poet Orhan Veli Kanık or Orhan Veli was a Turkish poet. Kanık is one of the founders of the Garip Movement together with Oktay Rıfat and Melih Cevdet. Aiming to fundamentally transform traditional ...more

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Münir Ertegün is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Mehmet Münir Ertegün was a Turkish legal counsel in international law to the "Sublime Porte" of the late Ottoman Empire and a diplomat of the Republic of Turkey during its ...more

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Türkan Saylan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Physician Türkan Saylan was a Turkish medical doctor in dermatology, academic, writer, teacher and social activist. She was famous for fighting leprosy, and for founding a charitable foundation ...more

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Fuat Sezgin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Fuat Sezgin Writer Fuat Sezgin is an orientalist who specializes in the history of Arabic-Islamic science. He is professor emeritus of the History of Natural Science at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in ...more

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Özgür Çevik is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Actor, Singer Özgür Çevik is a Turkish singer and actor who gained fame and intense fan following as a result of having appeared in his country's version of the television pop music talent ...more

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Ferhat Ozcep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni

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Ali Özgentürk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Ali Özgentürk is a renowned Turkish film director, screenwriter, and producer. He was born in 1947 in Adana, Turkey. After studying philosophy and sociology at Istanbul University, he ...more

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Köksal Toptan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Köksal Toptan is a Turkish lawyer, politician and a member of the Justice and Development Party. He earlier served as government minister in three cabinets. He was the speaker of the Grand ...more

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Suat Hayri Ürgüplü is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Politician Ali Suat Hayri Ürgüplü was a Turkish political figure. He served a brief term as prime minister of Turkey in 1965.

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Yaşar Nuri Öztürk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Yaşar Nuri Öztürk Politician Yaşar Nuri Öztürk June 22, 1945 in Sürmene-Trabzon, is a Turkish theologian, lawyer, columnist and a former member of Turkish parliament. He was born on June 22, 1945 in ...more

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Mario Levi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Journalist, Writer Mario Levi born 1957 in Istanbul is one of the most important modern novelists of Turkish literature.

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Adnan Adıvar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Istanbul University Alumni
Adnan Adıvar Abdülhak Adnan Adıvar was a Turkish politician, writer, historian, and by profession a medical doctor. He has done original research and written on history of science. He was also an early ...more