He completed his primary, secondary, and high school education in Gaziantep under difficult conditions, with many interruptions due to French occupation of the city during World War I. After completing his basic education, he received his Bachelor of Science
Degree in mathematics at Istanbul University. In June 1937, he was sent by the Mineral Research and Exploration Institute of Turkey (MTA) to study mining, metallurgical, and petroleum engineering at Bergakademie Freiberg near Dresden, Germany. His studies were interrupted by World World War II, but he moved to the United States to continue his education.
He studied geophysics and geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and received his Bachelor of Science degree in geological sciences there on December 18, 1942.
In the meantime, he began studying for his Master of Science degree with Beno Gutenberg at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and obtained the degree in 1943. After Ergin received his master"s degree, Gutenberg suggested he study seismic wave reflection and refraction at the rock-water interface for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Unfortunately, MTA Institute requested his return to Turkey because his services were needed. Ergin worked at Caltech as a research fellow for a while and then returned to Turkey.
He was appointed director of the Department of Geology at MTA Institute on March 1953, and served until 1956 on various important projects.
On June 15, 1956, he was appointed professor of geophysics at the Faculty of Mining Engineering of Istanbul Technical University (International Telecommunication Union), where he established a modern department of geophysical engineering and trained many students over the years. Kazım Ergin died aged 87 in Istanbul on November 24, 2002. He was recipient of "TÜBİTAK Service Award".