It is with a sense of sadness and sorrow that the President and the Director General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) in Amman, Jordan, announce the passing away of the eminent Turkish scientist: Prof. Mustafa Doruk, Founding Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. He was 85.
Prof. Doruk was born on February 23, 1932. He was educated in Turkey, and West Germany, and received the following degrees: (1953) Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering School, Yildiz/ Istanbul, Turkey.
(1956) Dip-Ing (Higher Diploma), in Mechanical Engineering, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. (1961) Dr-Ing (PhD) in Materials Science, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany.
During the period 1963-1970, he was Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University METU, Department of Metallurgical Engineering; Assoc. Prof. (1970-1976), and Full Professor since 1976. He was a United Nations Scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles, Calif. (1972-1973) and Visiting Professor at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany (1979). He was Chairman of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at METU (1965-1969); Assistant President and Acting President at METU (1974-1977); and then Dean of Faculty of Engineering at METU (1978-1985). He was Chairman of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at METU (1988-1997).
Prof. Doruk did research in: Metallography, X-ray Metallography, electrochemical measurements as applied to corrosion and stress corrosion; mechanical measurements as applied to creep and fatigue; mechanical characterization of materials; structures and structural instabilities in chromium-nickel stainless steels; fracture mechanics, structure and mechanical properties of composites; creep rupture; corrosion as well as passivity and electrodeposition.
Prof. Doruk taught undergraduate and graduate students at METU, and offered courses for industrial training in corrosion and chemical cleaning of boilers. He supervised graduate students on several research topics. He gained industrial experience through working in the leading industries in West Germany and through numerous contracted research projects in METU.
Prof. Doruk was a member of the Chamber of Turkish Metallurgical Engineers, member of the Structure and Materials Panel of NATO/AGARD (1981-1994), member of the International Congress of Fracture (ICF), member of the International Congress on Corrosion (ICC) and Founding Member of the Corrosion Association of Turkey. He was also a Founding Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (1986).
In November 1999, Prof. Doruk was made “Honorary Senator” of the Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD), Germany, in recognition of his work to establish scientific collaboration between METU (Turkey), and TUD (Germany).
Prof. Doruk will be greatly missed by his colleagues and fellow scientists in Turkey and the Islamic World. “Ina Lillah Wa Ina Ilaihi Raj’oon.”
IAS President, Fellows and staff offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends throughout the World.