Giants in History: Fahire Battalgil

Freshwater fish specialist  

Fahire Battalgil ( 1902 - 1948)


During her short life, Fahire Battalgil (1902 - 1948) achieved renown as the first zoologist from Turkey to make strides in the field of freshwater fish biodiversity. Battalgil began her career teaching biology to students in the town of Tercan. Later, she was an assistant at Istanbul University, where she identified 30 new fish species. In 1933, Battalgil was appointed as an Associate Professor of Zoology at the university, making her one of the first women to be appointed as a professor at a Turkish university. During her career, she also taught at the Sorbonne, in Paris.

Istanbul University
Sorbonne University
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