Born in Ankara, Erdal Inonu is the son of
, who was the president of Turkey (1939-50).
Educated at Ankara University; he obtained his Ph. D. degree
at CalTech (1951). His thesis is a phenomenological work
based on the observations of high energy cosmic bursts.
The celebrated group contraction concept
is named after him and E. P. Wigner. He is also well recognized for
his contributions to the development of neutron transport phenomena.
As a professor of theoretical Physics he held diverse
administrative duties as University President (METU) and
Faculty Dean (METU, BU). From 1983 he was involved in
active politics. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the
Minister of State, vice Prime Minister and the Minister of
Foreign Affairs, consecutively.
He wrote his three volume
which then quickly became bestsellers.
Two of his recent books are "Mehmet Nadir
:A pioneer in education and science" (1997) and
"Ideas and actions: Talks on history, science and politics"
In 2004 he is awarded the
for his outstanding contributions to physics through group theory.
Currently he is a member of the
Feza Gursey Institute, and on the faculty of the Sabanci University..