Besim Üstünel

Besim Üstünel (1927 – June 2, 2015) was an academic in economics, politician and train Minister of Finance of Turkey .

Family life and early years

Besim Üstünel was born to Emin Üstünel and his wife Zekiye in Gaziantep , Southeastern Turkey in 1927. He had four sisters Nermin, Saadet, Sema, Aysen and four brothers Rasim Daşar, Mesut, Gündüz, Erol. [1]

After his primary and secondary education in his home city, he graduated from the School of Economics at Istanbul University in 1946. [2] After doctorate studies in the same university, he completed his post graduate studies in London School of Economics . [3]

He was married to Gülen Üstünel, born Cin. [1] [4]


Besim Üstünel pursued a teaching career, and taught in the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University . During this period, he served as a visiting professor in the Stockholm and Minnesota universities . [5] Üstünel served in the State Planning Organization of Turkey . [3] [6]

In 1965, he was appointed deputy secretary general of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) upon request of the leading party İsmet İnönü . However, he did not enter the parliament for active politics. In the Turkish senate elections, 1975 , he became a CHP senator serving until the 1980 Turkish coup . Between June 21 and July 21, 1977, he served as the Minister of Finance in the 40th Government of Turkey (2nd Bülent Ecevit Government), [3] [2] [6] which failed to receive the vote of confidence .

After the 1980 military, he returned to academic studies, and was taught in Istanbul Technical University and later at Marmara University and Galatasaray University . [7] In 1986 he served in Seijo University in Tokyo as a visiting professor. He also served as the speaker of the Turkish delegation in the Council of Europe between 1980-1981. [5]


Üstünel died in Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital on June 2, 2015. Following the religious ceremony at Teşvikiye Mosque , he was interred in Ulus Cemetery on June 4, 2015. [1] [3]


  • Üstüne, Besim. Ekonominin Temelleri . Istanbul. p. 383. ISBN  978-975-304-0648 . [8]
  • Üstüne, Besim. Makro Ekonomi . Istanbul: Alfa Yayınları. p. 311. [9]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c “Besim Üstünel” (in Turkish). Vefat Hürriyet. 2015-06-04 . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Türkcan, Ergün (2015-06-04). “Besim Üstünel’in ardından” . Cumhuriyet (in Turkish) . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:d “Prof. Dr. Besim Üstünel vefat etti” . Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2015-06-02 . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .
  4. Jump up^ “Prof. Dr. Besim Üstünel vefat etti” . Hür Haber (in Turkish). 2015-06-04 . Retrieved 2015-06-05 . permanent dead link ]
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Gaziantep news (in Turkish) Archived July 10, 2015 at the Wayback Machine .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b “Besim Üstünel hayatını kaybetti” . Milliyet (in Turkish). 2015-06-02 . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .
  7. Jump up^ Haber Gazetesi (in Turkish)
  8. Jump up^ “Ekonominin Temelleri” (in Turkish). İdefix . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .
  9. Jump up^ “Makro Ekonomi” (in Turkish). İdefix . Retrieved 2015-06-05 .

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