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Mehmet Akif Ersoy
Turkish poet, author, academic and politician (1873-1936)wd:Q316443
country of citizenship: Ottoman Empire, Turkey
native language: Turkish
language of expression: Ottoman Turkish
educated at: Vefa High School, Halkalı Ziraat Mekteb-i Âlisi
occupation: poet, politician, writer
award received: Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards
position held: Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Mehmet Akif Ersoy (20 December 1873 – 27 December 1936) was an Ottoman-born Turkish poet, writer, academic, politician, and the author of the Turkish National Anthem. Widely regarded as one of the premiere literary minds of his time, Ersoy is noted for his command of the Turkish language, as well as his patriotism and role in the Turkish War of Independence.
A framed version of the national anthem by Ersoy typically occupies the wall above the blackboard in the classrooms of every public as well as most private schools around Turkey, along with a Turkish flag, a photograph of the country's founding father Atatürk, and a copy of Atatürk's speech to the nation's youth.
He currently has a university in his name in Burdur. Ersoy's portrait was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 100 lira banknotes of 1983–1989.
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