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2016 “TÜBA Prizes” Found Their Owners
Tarih: 06 ŞUBAT 2017 Okunma Sayısı: 2496
2016 TÜBA "International Academy Prizes, GEBİP and TEÇEP Awards” were handed to the owners under the auspices of Presidency with the ceremony held on February 1, 2017 in the Presidential Complex.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Constitutional Court President Zühtü Aslan, President of the Supreme Court İsmail R. Cerit, President of the Council of State Zerrin Güngör, Deputies of Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli and Tuğrul Türkeş, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Dr. Faruk Özlü, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekçi, Minister of Development Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Health Recep Akdag, YÖK President Prof. Yekta Saraç, deputies, Turkish Grand National Assembly Secretary General Mehmet Ali Kumbuzoğlu, BST Deputy Minister Assoc. Prof. Hasan Ali Celik, BST Undersecretary of Ministry Prof. Ersan Aslan, Atatürk High Institution of Culture, Language and History President Prof. Derya Örs, TÜBA President Prof. Ahmet Cevat Acar, TÜBİTAK President Prof. Arif Ergin, Turkish Patent Institute President Habip Asan, President of the Turkish Historical Society Prof. Refik Turan, Turkish Language Institute President Prof. Mustafa Kaçalin, TİKA President Dr. Serdar Çam, TÜBA members, other protocol members and academics, relatives of the winners and other invitations attended the ceremony of the "TÜBA 2016 Awards" held in the Presidency Complex.
Following the speeches of President Erdoğan, Science Industry and Technology Minister Özlü and TUBA President Acar, the 2016 TÜBA awards were delivered to their owners.
Prof. Şerif Mardin of Istanbul Şehir University was awarded the TÜBA Academy Prize in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Mary-Claire King of University of Washington in the category of Health and Life Sciences and Prof. Omar Yaghi of University of California, Berkeley in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences. President of Istanbul Şehir Univeristy Prof. Cengiz Kallek on behalf of Prof. Şerif Mardin, Prof. Tayfun Özçelik on behalf of Prof. Mary-Claire King and Prof. Omar M. Yaghi took the prizes from President Erdoğan. He congratulated winners over their contributions to science and humanity.
31 scientists from various fields have been awarded as part of the Young Scientists Awards program. 2 scientists have been awarded in the categories of engineering and social sciences as part of the Best Authored and Translated Books Awards program. 4 scientists have been granted the Remarkable Work Award.
Speech of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
“We have made considerable progress in this process to build a new and great Turkey on a path enlightened by science. That is the reason why we, as the Presidency, take under our auspices projects and award ceremonies of TÜBA and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). We are still far from our goals. We cannot say we fully have achieved our goals. However, given the outcomes we have achieved in the last 14 years, we see that we are on the right path. First, we will achieve our goals for 2023 and then, we will realize our goals for 2053 and 2071. Then and only then, we will have contributed to building a much nicer, fairer and safer world for both our country and our friends and the whole mankind,” President Erdoğan said.
“Countries’ and societies’ understanding of security has changed radically. In the past, the concept of security was perceived as protecting merely the borders and interests. Now, it has expanded to include threats against all economic, social, cultural assets,” President Erdoğan said.
“Measures taken by the military, judiciary and the police force are only the visible side of the security approaches. In order to complete the cycle of security, a struggle must be put up in a vast area ranging from science to arts, education to sports, investments to media,” the President underscored.
“In order to succeed in this struggle, we have to be present and lead in all areas,” President Erdoğan said, and added: “We should keep in mind that every civilization produces its own technology and every technology its own culture and value. Our ancestors constructed mosques with the aim of building the finest houses of prayer. And the techniques and technologies, employed in the construction of those mosques, reflect our civilization. Similarly, inns, caravansaries, bridges on trade routes are heritages of our civilization. If you do not produce your own technology and science, you cannot be determinative of its culture and value.”
“In the last 14 years, we have attached great importance to science, scientists and scientific work and made substantial progress,” President Erdoğan said.
Underscoring that Turkey’s R&D expenditure has exceeded $20 billion in 2015 for the first time in its history, President Erdoğan said: “We have increased the ratio of R&D expenditure to GDP from 0.5% up to 1.06% in 14 years, but this is not enough. We will increase it up to 3%,” adding that the number of personnel, working in R&D, has risen from 29 thousand to 122 thousand.
“Science bears importance for countries and nations not only because of its concrete outputs but also because of the change, transformation and enlightenment it leads to in minds,” the President said, and further stated: “When we look at the turbulences instabilities in our history, we see that ignorance, scientific backwardness and cultural degeneration lies behind them all.”
“The Assasins, who struck at the heart of the Seljuks, exploited this void. The same plight lies beneath many problems that troubled the Ottomans,” President Erdoğan said.
“We are also struggling with the same problem today,” President Erdoğan said, and added: “The evil network, called the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), took advantage of such shortcomings while exploiting our people’s sensitivities toward education and charity. Academics, members of the judiciary, policemen, soldiers, teachers, businessmen in this organization may have been educated well, graduated from fancy schools. However, this does not change their blindness and ignorance in the face of the truth and the fact that they followed a charlatan.”
“Like many heretical structures, FETO members have lost their way. They forgot what they are and who they are and became ‘mankurt’ (someone whose mind is enslaved by another) who do exactly what their masters order,” President Erdoğan said. “We can compare the magnitude of the treason committed by the members of this organization on July 15 only with the days of occupation a century ago. The bombing of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey by FETO and the closure of the Ottoman Parliament aimed at the same thing. There is no difference. Both of them aimed to pave the way for the occupation of the country by rendering these institutions, which are representatives of the national will, inoperational. The reason why this organization, which used to brag about bringing together the brightest minds in the country, has fallen into such a pit of treason is that it chose to surrender its will to a dark force,” the President added.
Speech of Minister of Science Industry and Technology Dr. Faruk Özlü
Emphasizing that children and young people should put their hand under the stone in order to gain a habit of science and scientific thinking, Özlü stated that the attention of many people to the science, especially young people, will direct through this ceremony. Congratulating scientists who are awarded, Özlü wanted to create prestigious global awards from TÜBA as well as NOBEL Awards.
Speech of TÜBA President Prof. Ahmet Cevat Acar
TÜBA represents our country in the world of international academics. TÜBA, which is a member of 12 international academic institutions, has a bilateral cooperation agreement with 32 national academies. The 2016 General Assemblies and International scientific meetings of AASSA and TDUBAB were held in our country in October, hosted by TUBA. TDUBAB's 2016-17 term presidency is also carried out by us. Our Academy represents the Turkish science community for the first time in last year's G-20 Science Academies meeting in Japan, which was organized by Germany this year.
Prof. Acar also mentioned about the danger of FETÖ and July 15 coup attempt. Events and developments what we have experienced in recent years, “scientific and non-scientific publications” on clash of nations, media and perception operations, racism and anti-Islamism feeding by actions crypto organizations, balkanization and bankrupt of aims, inhuman and illegal hybrid proxy wars conduct with various ways made clear that Islamic world and Turkey is target of them.
July 15 treacherous coup attempt, made by FETÖ terrorist organization in the state and society (and abroad) supported by open&confidentiak and local&foreign foci against to Turkish Republic and democracy, existence, unity, independence and survival of Turkish Nations Is one of the bloodiest and treacherous examples of the dirty power of proxy wars.
At the end of his speech, Prof. Acar presented his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Turkey for his high protection and valuable support. He also celebrated the award-winning scientist and thanked Minister of Science, Industry, and Technology for his support and all stakeholders.
2016 TÜBA Award ceremony ended with a reception given after family photographs.