Professor Mehmet Tomak was born in İzmir (Turkey) in 1945. He obtained his B.S. degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1968, followed by two years of graduate study at Yale University and two more years at Kansas State University resulting in his Ph.D. degree in 1972, all in physics. The same year he returned back to METU as an instructor and has been promoted to Assistant, Associate and full Professor ranks in 1974, 1979 and 1989, respectively.
He was a visiting scientist at the University of Linköping (Sweden) in 1983 and an Associate of ICTP, Trieste (Italy) from 1982 to 1987. As administrative duties, he served as an Assistant Dean, Chairman of the Physics Department and the Dean of Faculty of Sciences. Recently, he acted as the Head of Turkish Atomic Energy Agency. Prof. Tomak has supervised more than 15 Ph.D. thesis; his students are now employed at all positions throughout the universities in Turkey and abroad. He has been granted M. Parlar Teaching award in 1995.
Professor Tomak has (co)authored about 100 scientific papers in the field of electronic structure of semiconductors, impurities, many-body effects in low-dimensional structures and the molecular dynamic simulation of metals. He has been an influential figure in the promotion of theoretical condensed matter physics in Turkey.