Dilhan Eryurt (1926-2012)

She was born in İzmir, 1926. Finishing Ankara Girls High School, she enrolled to the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Istanbul University. She then started to work as an assistant at University of Ankara and then completed her PhD on Astrophysics in 1953. She went to International Atomic Energy Agency in 1959. After that, she started to work at Goddard Space Flight Center at NASA in which she worked on solar history together with Prof. Cameron. She had important contributions through her work on solar history. In 1969, she was awarded with Apollo Achievement Award. Eryurt organized the first National Astronomy Congress in Turkey. She worked at NASA between 1969 and 1973.

In 1973, Eryurt came back to Turkey where she founded the Astrophysics division under Physics Department at Middle East Technical University.  In 1977, she was awarded with TÜBİTAK Science Award.

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