İlber Ortaylı was born in 1947 as a child of Crimean Tatar family in Bregenz . When he was 2 years old he moved to Turkey with his family.

Prof. Dr. İLBER ORTAYLI has been a member of “Honorary Members” of Turkish History Institution since the beginning of the 1970’s because of his history studies, published articles and books, efforts to disseminate history science, activities which aims at all kinds of people to love history, scientific activities abroad and him being important name of Turkish History in the international arena.

Ortaylı speaks advanced German, French, English, Italian and Russian; intermediate Crimean Tatar, Slovak, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnica, Arabic, Farsi, Latin, Hebrew and Ancient Greek.