Who is Engin Arık?

Engin Arık (14 October 1948 - 30 November 2007) was a Turkish particle physicist and former professor of the Department of Physics at Boğaziçi University. He was known for his opinions that the Thorium mine could be a clean and economical solution to the energy problem.


He was born on October 14, 1948 in Istanbul. He graduated from Atatürk Girls High School in 1965. After receiving his diploma in mathematics and physics from Istanbul University in 1969, Arık started to work as a student assistant at the Theoretical Physics Chair of the same university.

Engin Arık received his master's degree (MSc) in 1971 from the University of Pittsburgh in the field of experimental high-energy physics (PhD) in 1976. The main theme of his doctoral study was the resonances observed by sending a hyperon beam on different elements. As a post-doctoral researcher from 1976-1979, he took part in experiments investigating exotic delta formations with pion beam sent over hydrogen target at University of London and Rutherford Laboratories.

In 1979 he returned to Turkey entered the Bogazici University Physics Department. He became an associate professor in 1981 with his studies in the field of experimental high energy physics. In 1983, he left the university to work at Control Data Corporation for two years and then returned to Boğaziçi University and became a professor in 1988.

Between 1997 and 2000, Arık worked as a radionuclide officer at the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an agency of the United Nations in Vienna.

After 1990, he participated in studies at CERN. He led Turkish scientists who participated in ATLAS and CAST experiments. Arık has published over a hundred articles in the field of experimental high energy physics and received hundreds of citations. Arık, who is also the executive of the Turkish National Accelerator Project, died on November 30, 2007 in the plane crash in Isparta. He was buried in Edirnekapı Martyr's Cemetery.

Arık was married to Metin Arık, a professor at the same department with him at Boğaziçi University, and had two children.

Located in the h-index based on the ranking Webometrics report published in 2014, still ranks first in which scientists in Turkey.

Thorium studies

Only experimental high energy physics not limited to his work in the field of Arik, the thorium mine's energy problems found important reserves in Turkey clean and have been diagnosed with an economical solution could be and that vision and work towards it should be. In this respect, Turkey's thorium and gained the ability to produce electricity when trillions of barrels have suggested would be the equivalent of an energy source to oil. CERN Accelerator project and Turkey's membership because of his work on his assassination laid, the aircraft was taken out of the Mossad or claims may be reduced by another intelligence agency.



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