Ömer Behçet Uz (1893 – 19 May 1986) was a Turkish physician, politician, former mayor of İzmir and government minister.

Dr.
Behçet Uz
Ömer Behçet Uz.jpg
Ömer Behçet Uz (1939)
Mayor of İzmir
In office
1931–1941
Preceded bySezai Göker
Succeeded byReşat Leblebicioğlu
Minister of Commerce
In office
9 July 1942 – 9 March 1943
Prime MinisterŞükrü Saracoğlu
Preceded byMümtaz Ökmen
Succeeded byCelal Sait Siren
Minister of Healt and Social Security
In office
7 August 1946 – 16 January 1949
Prime MinisterRecep Peker, Hasan Saka
Preceded bySadi Konuk
Succeeded byKemali Bayazıt
Minister of Health and Social Security
In office
17 June 1954 – 9 December 1955
Prime MinisterAdnan Menderes
Preceded byEkrem Hayri Üstündağ
Succeeded byNafiz Körez
Personal details
Born1893
Buldan, Denizli Province, Ottoman Empire
DiedMay 19, 1986(1986-05-19) (aged 92–93)
istanbul, Turkey
Alma materIstanbul University School of Medicine
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionPhysician

BiographyEdit

 
Behçet Uz giving a speech

He was born in Buldan ilçe (district) of Denizli Province, Ottoman Empire in 1893. He studied in İzmir High School, which was later renamed to Atatürk High School, and in the School of Medicine of İstanbul University. After working in İstanbul, he moved to İzmir to practice pediatrics. In 1922, he founded Veremle Mücadele Derneği ("Society to Struggle Against Tuberculosis")

In 1931, he was elected as the Mayor of İzmir. In this post, he served for ten years. He was instrumental in establishing Kültürpark, erecting the Atatürk Monument, establishing playgrounds, market squares, constructing some streets. In 1941, he was elected as a Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy from Denizli Province.[1]

Between 9 July 1942 and 9 March 1943, he was the Minister of Commerce in the 13th government of Turkey.[2] Between 7 August 1946 and 10 June 1948 in the 15th and the 16th government of Turkey, he was the Minister of Health and Social Security.[3][4]

After the CHP lost the parliament majority in the 1950 general election, he joined the Democrat Party. Between 17 June 1954 and 9 December 1955 in the 21st government of Turkey, he was again the Minister of Health and Social Security.[5]

He died in 1986 in İstanbul[1] The Dr. Behçet Uz Çocuk Hospital, a children's hospital is named in his honor.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Behçet Uz Biyografi.info". biyografi.info (in Turkish). Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  2. ^ "Parliament page for the 13th government". tbmm.gov.tr. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ "Parliament page for the 15th government". tbmm.gov.tr. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  4. ^ "Parliament page for the 16th government". tbmm.gov.tr. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Parliament page for the 21th government". tbmm.gov.tr. Retrieved 2017-11-03.