Selahi Diker, born in Trabzon, Turkey, finished Istanbul Erkek Lisesi,
attended Istanbul Technical University for two years, graduated from
King's College, University of Durham as a mining engineer. He completed
his graduate work in Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, and
received a Doctor of Science degree majoring in geophysical
1952, he joined the Institute of Mineral Research and Exploration in
Ankara, he held from 1955 to 1958 the position of chief geophysicist. From
1958 to 1962 he was employed by the Empire Geophysical in U.S.A., where he
was made Assistant Chief Geophysicist.
In 1962, he joined Pure Oil
Company where he helped set up Pure's Dallas (Exploration) Center in Texas
and was instrumental in the discovery of some of Pure's oil and gas fields
in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. After Pure's merger into Union Oil
Company of California, he spent three years in the Middle East in the
company's exploration efforts in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian
After spending a year in Union's Los Angeles office, he returned to
Turkey in 1968 to work for Turkish Petroleum Company as exploration
advisor. In 1969 he set up a consulting office and helped several oil
companies including; Hamilton Brothers and Turkish Petroleum Company, in
their petroleum exploration activities in Turkey.
He also held, for a few years, a
part - time teaching position in Middle East Technical University's
Graduate School in Ankara.
His main hobby; history and
languages, had started back in his school years in Istanbul Turkey, and
continued in England and U.S.A. His new findings and original discoveries
reached such a stage that he retired from his professional work in late
nineteen eightees to spent his full time to put them into a scientific
form. Result was the book; AND THE WHOLE EARTH WAS OF ONE LANGUAGE (1996,
1999), with a second title, Ten Thousand Years of the Turks. His
Turkish version of the book, TÜRK Dili'nin Beş Bin Yılı ("Five Thousand Years of theTurkish Language") is now
available to readers.