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Profile: Ahmed D. Kafadar

Founder and chief executive officer of OEA, Inc., Ahmed D. Kafadar died on January 17, 1998, at his home in Englewood, Colorado. He was born in 1915 in Gaziantep, Turkey, studied in France, and came to the United States in December 1939 to pursue graduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines.

Mr. Kafadar completed his high-school education in Istanbul and attended the Advanced School of Engineering of Istanbul (now Technical University of Istanbul) for two years. From 1936 to 1939 he attended the classes of Mathematiques Speciales in Nancy, France. At the Colorado School of Mines he received E.M. (Engineer of Mines) and M.E.M. (Master Engineer of Mines) degrees in 1942 and 1943, respectively. He completed his studies toward his doctorate at the School of Mines, where he taught for two years, and where he received the Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1986 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering in 1988. He became a U.S. citizen on September 23, 1947.

With more than 50 years experience in aerospace and industrial research and development, Mr. Kafadar earned recognition for his many contributions and authored numerous publications in the fields of heat transfer, interior ballistics of guns, and especially propellant-actuated devices used to save lives. His positions included assistant chairman of heat-power research at Armour Research Foundation (now IIT Research Institute), manager of engineering thermodynamics and weapons development for AMF, and member of a special technical panel for the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Development.

In 1957, he founded OEA Inc., which is devoted to the development and production of high-reliability, propellant-actuated devices used throughout the world in aircraft escape systems (F-15, F-16, B-1, B-2, etc.), space and missile systems (Ariane Launcher, Space Shuttle, Delta, Atlas, etc.), and automotive air bag systems.

In 1987, Mr. Kafadar, Aerospatiale and SNPE established Pyrospace (now PyroAlliance) in Les Mureaux, France to develop and manufacture high reliability, propellant-actuated devices for the Ariane Launcher and other European programs. In 1994, he and Pyrospace formed Pyroindustrie (also in Les Mureaux) to manufacture life-saving, pyrotechnic devices for the European air bag system. Pyroindustrie, Pyroalliance and OEA are recognized leaders in their fields. OEA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has almost 2,000 employees.

Profile: Ali Erdemir
1998 Discover Technology Awards Finalist

Friction is eating away car engines, hip replacements, and the joints that move the mirrors of the Hubble Space Telescope. But if Ali Erdemir has his way, this constant grinding could be brought to a near standstill. Last July, Erdemir, a materials scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, finished developing a thin carbon coating that sticks to pretty much any plastic, ceramic, or metal and makes them slicker than any oil could. Erdemir claims that these "near frictionless" carbon films, as he calls them, have 40 times less friction than Teflon, and 100 times less than lubricated steel.

So far, Erdemir has licensed the technology to two automotive firms. One wants to make turbochargers that last longer, and the other is trying to make diesel engines that don't need lubricants based on sulfur, which the epa is phasing out. An aerospace firm has also expressed interest in using it, to coat the moving parts in satellites and telescopes.

Profile: Arif Mardin
One look at Arif Mardin's discography merits his status among the 20th century's most important music producers.

From The Young Rascals' #1 hit "Good Lovin'" to Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" to his most recent works with Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, and Jewel, Arif Mardin has transcended genres and contributed to many of contemporary music's most brilliant works.

Over the past thirty-six years, Arif has worked with many of the most illustrious artists in the history of contemporary music, including Average White Band, Anita Baker, the Bee Gees, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Andy Pratt, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Modern Jazz Quartet, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Dusty Springfield and many more.

Profile: Ahmet Ertegun
Founder of Atlantic Records in 1947 "I don't know who'll be attending his party, but I know who could sing "Happy Birthday": Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Bette Midler, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Cher, Phil Collins, Roberta Flack, the Bee Gees, Tori Amos, and whatever members of the Coasters and the Drifters are still prowling the oldies shows.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller could rewrite the anthem, give it a bluesy feel.

Let Phil Spector produce the tune, with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page on guitar. And in the heavenly choir: Clyde McPhatter, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Bobby Darin, Chuck Willis, Otis Redding, Joe Tex, Greg Allman and Dusty Springfield."

These are just some of the rock and pop luminaries signed by Atlantic Records, the label Ertegun founded with Herb Abramson in 1947 and headed for most of the next half-century. In the '50s, with Charles and Darin, he juggled and helped merge black and white music. In the '60s, Atlantic was the top exponent of both Brill Building pop and Muscle Shoals soul. The company kept finding and promoting good sounds, and in 1987, on the outfit's 40th anniversary, Ertegun and his longtime partner Jerry Wexler were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Profile: Mehmet Oz
Leading Heart Surgeon

Dr. Mehmet Oz, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was the medical director of the upcoming film John Q. As the heart transplant consultant, Dr. Oz reviewed the script and oversaw the production of several scenes that involved surgery, ensuring that they were medically accurate.

Dr. Oz, whose hands performed some of the scenes, also demonstrated cardiac surgery techniques to the actors and film crew.

Awards include election as a Global Leaders of Tomorrow (1999) by the World Economic Forum, the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery Robert E. Gross Research Scholarship (1994-6), the Blakemore Research Awards (1988, 89, 90, 91) from the College of Physician & Surgeons, Columbia University, the research award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (1991), the clinical research award and grant from the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1993).

He was voted Turkish-American of the Year in 1996 and was elected one of the Doctors of the Year by Hippocrates magazine and Healers of the Millennium by Healthy Living. His books, Healing from the Heart, won the prestigious “Books for a Better America” award (1999) and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery was elected as a Best Health Science Book by Doody’s Review Journal (2000).

Profile: M. Gazi Yasargil
Voted Man of the Century by Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

M. Gazi Yaşargil, MD, is Professor of Neurosurgery College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.

He has received major awards including: the highly regarded Marcel Benoit Prize from the Swiss Federal Government in 1975; Medal of Honor from the University of Naples, Italy, in 1988; Medical Award of the Republic of Turkey in 1992; Gold Medal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies in 1997; Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1998; "Neurosurgeon of the Century" by the Brazilian Neurosurgical Society in 1998; the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies' Medal of Honour in 1998; "Man of the Century 1950-1999" honor by the journal, Neurosurgery, Fedor Krause Medal of the German Neurosurgical Society in 2000; Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons in 2000; Medal of the Republic of Turkey and award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences also in 2000; and the International Francesco Durante Award of Italy in 2002.

Profile: Hulusi Behcet

Hippocrates may have been the first physician to describe this disease, several centuries B.C. In the 1930's, a Turkish dermatologist, Hulusi Behcet, noted the triad of aphthous oral ulcers, genital lesions, and recurrent eye inflammation, and became the first physician to describe the disease in modern times. Another name for Behcet’s Disease is Behcet’s syndrome.

There must be many more to add to this list of great Turks?


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