Engineer's degree, Istanbul Technology University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1969.
Postdoctoral fellow, Brown U., Providence, 1969-1971;
researcher, National Science Council, Istanbul, 1971-1972;
assistant professor, Bogazici U., Istanbul, 1972-1975;
associate professor to professor, Bogazici U., Istanbul, 1977-1993;
visiting professor, Princeton (New Jersey) U., 1975-1977, 81-83;
visiting professor, Princeton (New Jersey) U., 1989-1990;
professor, Koc U., Istanbul, since 1993. Visiting professor Paris U., 1980. Visiting scholar Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany, 1984.
Member Volunteers for Education, Istanbul, since 1995. Member Academy of Sciences Turkey.
Married Gulay Altay, August 10, 1973 (divorced March 1987). 1 child, Kemal.