Prof. Aral Okay

Istanbul Technical University

Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences and

Faculty of Mines, Department of Geology

Maslak 34469 Istanbul, Turkey



Date and place of birth: 6th January 1953, Istanbul, Turkey    

Marital status:              Married with two children – Nilüfer and Yasemin

Phone No.:                   (90) 212 285 62 08 office

Fax No.:                       (90) 212 285 62 10




1965-1971            Secondary school, Istanbul, Turkey

1974-1976         B.Sc., Geology, University College London, London, England

1976-1980         Ph.D, University of Cambridge, Department of Mineralogy and Petrology


Professional Experience

1980-1983       Geologist, Geological Survey of Turkey (MTA), Ankara, Turkey

1983-               Lecturer, Department of Geology, Istanbul Technical University

1998-                  Lecturer, Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University


Administrative Experience

1998-2001   Head of the Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University

2002-          Head of the Division of Solid Earth Sciences, Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences


Research visits abroad (more than one month)

1986            Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California,

Los Angeles, USA

1991            Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

1992            Institute of Experimental Mineralogy, USSR Academy of Sciences,

Chernogolovka, Moscow, Russia

1993            Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

1994-1995   Institute für Mineralogie, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Bochum, Germany

1996            École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

1997            Department of Earth Sciences, Open University, Milton Keynes, England.

1999            Departement des Sciences de la Terre, Universite d'Orleans, France.

2006 -2007  Department of Earth Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara, USA



1994        Alexander von Humboldt fellowship

1996        Invite professor, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France,

1996-       Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences    

2002        TÜBITAK science prize

2006        Fulbright fellowship

2009        Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America



2005-       ARI, Bulletin of the Istanbul Technical University – editor-in-chief

1999-       Tectonophysics – member of editorial board

1992-       Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences – member of editorial board



Turkish Academy of Sciences, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America



Turkish mother tongue, fluent in English and German


Courses thaught

Physical Geology, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Geological Mapping, Subsurface geology, Active tectonics, Metamorphic Petrography and Petrology, Mineralogy, Optical Mineralogy, Crystallography,

Regional Geology, Geology of Turkey