I was born in Ankara on 15th of March 1955 (and the world was a
better place then...) My first school was Yücetepe İlkokulu, then, Namık Kemal Ortaokulu and Ankara Kız Lisesi,
which I graduated with a first degree. During high school, I was
receiving a TUBITAK scholarship, which started as a phenomenal 250
liras per month...But I seem to remember I managed perfectly well, even
affording to buy myself a very pretty dress after saving up for three
My scholarship continued throughout the university, as I entered
Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department at METU
with one of the highest scores. It was 1972 then and things were
relatively calm after certain earlier events that resulted in student
uprisings. However, within the next few years we went through two
boycott periods, each lasting more than six months and hence delaying
our graduation for a year.
In my final year, I entered an exam for a TUBITAK scholarship to further
my studies abroad. I was extremely happy to be amongst the four students
In 1978, I joined the EE Department at Birmingham University (England)
and was accepted to a program called "PhD Under Special
Regulations". My work was in the field of Underwater Acoustics and,
in particular, it was about "Multiple Scattering Effects in the
Estimation of Fish Shoal Abundance." I received my MSc degree in
1980, PhD in 1982 and had a paper published in "Journal of Sound
and Vibrations" summarizing my work.
Those four years in England have a very special place in my life for
more reasons than one. Most important of all, I met my husband David
at the university in 1979 and he has been my best friend ever since. We
got married in 1983 and started working at the "Marine Sciences
Department of METU" in Mersin. It was hot there...
A year later we went back to England and started working at the family
business in Shrewsbury. Our precious daughter Derya
Yasemin was born there in 1985.
In 1987 we joined Bilkent University
and have lived happily ever after...
M. Güneş (ERTUĞRUL) DAVENPORT