Halil Inalcik, considered as the greatest Turkish historian of the twentieth century died at the age of 100 years.
Inalcik was born in Istanbul in 1916, when the city was the capital of Ottoman Empire. He died in Ankara, the capital of the Turkish Republic.
Inalcik, who was of Tatar heritage, became a university professor in 1952 with his thesis on cooperation between the Ottoman Empire and the Crimean Khanate during the siege of Vienna by the Turks.
Halil Inalcik taught for 20 years at the University of Chicago before returning to Turkey and was the founder of the Faculty of History at Bilkent University in Ankara.
Inalcik wrote about 30 books on Ottoman History including the social and economic history.
Beside Turkish and Ottoman Turkish, Inalcik could speak English, French, German, Arabic, Persian and Italian. He was also the teacher of another major Turkish historian, Ilber Ortayli