ISTANBUL - Professor Irene Melikoff, a renowned scientist of Turkish language, died at 91 in France last Thursday. Melikoff had been receiving treatment at Strasbourg Hospital in recent months.
Melikoff studied English literature, eastern languages and the Turkish language and she was to become of the world’s best known Turkologists. Melikoff, a student of Professor Adnan Adıvar, focused much of her research the beliefs of the Alevi, a liberal sect of Islam, Bektaşi beliefs and Islamic Sufism, daily Hürriyet reported yesterday.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül expressed condolence for Melikoff’s death in a written statement, Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. "Irene Melikoff, who received many rewards for her contributions to improving Turkish language and our culture, will always be remembered with respect and love and will continue to live with her rich works," said Gül.
A ceremony for Melinkoff is scheduled to take place at the Azerbaijani House in Strasbourg today and her daughters are expected to attend. Her body will be buried later in Paris.