Date of Birth   : December 9, 1950

Place of Birth  : Istanbul (Türkiye)

Nationality      : Turkish


Education and Academic Career:

Secondary  School: Kadıköy Maarif College.  (1960 – 1967)

Higher Education: Istanbul Technical University,  Mining Engineering Department  (1968 – 1972)

Master in Engineering:

Columbia University, New York, USA.  (May 1973)

Ph D:

In “Coal Chemistry” at Istanbul Technical University, Mining Faculty. Istanbul,

  (September 1983) (Graduate School of Science and Technology)  

Associate Professor:

Department of Mining Engineering of Istanbul Technical University.  (Certificate in October 1983)


Istanbul Technical University, Department of Mining Engineering (May 1989)

Fields of Scientific Interest:

Coal Technology, Briquetting of Coal


Statistics, Coal Mining, Mining and Environment, Engineering Ethics, Ecology and Community

Languages : 

Turkish, English, German, Italian.


Travel, Travel Writing, Photography, Anthropology, Theatre,  Cinema


Academic Activities and Research Programs Abroad:

  • He has been working as a lecturer at the Mining Faculty of Istanbul Technical University since May 1973.

  • He went to  Germany in 1981 through a scholarship from the  German Government  (DAAD) for fourteen months to carry out researches on Coal Briquetting Technologies at Aachen Technical High School. He also consulted on 15 graduating projects, joined several seminars and conducted two technical trips in Germany.

  • In November 1982, he took part in a Coal Technology seminar in Maracaibo , Venezuela as the guest of the government, acting  both as speaker and consultant.

  • He has been to several different countries for different reasons related to research and exploration, voyages and conferences.



  • Up to now he has been to 240 different countries on 5 continents. His aspiration to travel arose in his soul at the age of  fourteen years old, in 1964.

  • He was appointed as Honorary Consul of Benin in Istanbul in 2003.

  • He has traveled 900 000 kilometers, and currently holds the Turkish  record for the most countries visited.

  • He has also prepared a Mathematics Book for high school students.

  • He has participated in  approximately 500 television program in Türkiye and many other countries he has visited. Many articles have been written about Orhan Kural in  50 countries’ newspapers.

  • He has directed and is still directing a television programs about  protecting the environment and ecology at different channels such as  KMP, Channel 9, Istanbul TV,  HBB, Ulusal,  E TV, Channel 6, Expochannel, Star TV , Kanaltürk, Bugün, Channel 34, Channel 360 and Bloomberg . He produced radio programs  for 12 years about traveling on different frequencies. He has also directed a “documentary” about Mining.  This programme was filmed in 17 different mines of Türkiye.

  • Dr. Kural has shared his experiences with his readers writing  14 Travel books released over 12 years, some of which were bestsellers in Türkiye.

  • He has arranged 55 photo exhibitions consisting of coloured photos taken during his trips in and outsideTurkey.

  • He is also the President of the Fighting Smoking and Addiction Association and he is partly responsible for new anti-smoking laws in Türkiye.

  • Early in 1998, he established “Türkiye Gezginler Kulübü” (Turkish Travelers’ Club) in Istanbul, which is the first travelers club ever in Türkiye. The club now has over 300 members among whom are famous authors, photographers, scientists, artists and various other people linked by a common “love of travel”.

  • Dr. Kural has written hundreds of articles regarding his trips. They have been published in many important magazines and newspapers.

  • The book “COAL”  is his most important written work in his primary field. It was prepared over a six year period with the contributions from 52 authors and 157 scientists from 61 countries. The leaders of 22 countries also expressed their views in the preface section of the book. The book is currently used as a reference book at the mining faculties of universities in 20 different countries.

  • Given his strong belief in a close relationship between tourism and the environment, he has participated in over 4200 conferences and presentations  in various places ranging from primary schools to universities and even police academies. He has argued that the further a country loses its environmental resources, traditions and biological richness the more it loses its tourism potential. With regard to tourism, he also emphasizes his philosophy that travel enables people to get to know each other and hence removes prejudices and cultivates long term peace.

  • He was invited by Ministers and Airline Companies of Slovenia, Malta, Saudi Arabia and Cuba to publicize their countries. He was similarly invited by Alitalia to visit Florence and Palermo and by Air Portugal to visit Lisbon in 1999, and by the “Sea Song” agency to visit the Greek Islands in 2004.



Over 970  awards have been presented to  Prof. Dr. Orhan Kural by different associations, most notably:

  • The Legion of Honour of Republic of Benin ( June 2014)

  • The Environment Award presented by Ministry of Environment, Türkiye

  • The Environment Awards of Press presented by INEPO – Türkiye

  • ·The Environment Award presented by Rectorate of Uludağ University

  • The Contribution Award presented by World Energy Council

  • ·The Environment Award presented by Rectorate of Işık University,

  • ·The Environment Award presented by Rectorate of Maltepe  University

  • ·The Environmet Award presented by INEPO – Türkiye

  • ·The most succesful man of the year of 1998 in the environmental field in Turkiye

  • ·The Environment Award presented by INEPO – Türkiye, 2004

  • ·The Environment Award,  UNICEF  Help Yourself Award, April 2010

  • The Best Lecturer of the year 2013 by the Rectorate of Istanbul Technical University.



  • Lecturer of İstanbul Aydın and İstanbul Esenyurt Universities

  • Honorary Consul of Republic of  Benin

  • The Vice Honarable Consul of Republic of Vanuatu

  • The President of Turkish Travellers’ Club

  • The President of Association of Yellow Crescent

  • Member of Vegetarian Association

  • The President of Jurie“ World Children Records”

  • The Member of ETIC (Extreme Traveller International Congress)


Contact Information

Akbıyık Cad. Keresteci Hakkı Sokak No: 40, (opposite to Dede Efendi House ) Cankurtaran, Sultanahmet – Istanbul

Tel: + 90 212 285 66 88

Mobile: (90 532 252 30 87) 




Orhan Kural was born in 1950 in Istanbul. After having completed his high school education at Kadıköy Maarif College, he had his bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Mines at Istanbul Technical University in 1972. In May 1973, he earned his Senior Mining Engineer Degree and his PhD in September  in New York Columbia University where he was a  scholarship student.


 He served in ITI for 44 years, including his department chief position which lasted nine years.

He edited three books on coal, one in English. Kural has prepared 17 travel books promoted different countries and a journal book called Bu Kitap Başka (This is a Different Book). Kural published his book on mathematics in 2004. He held 42 personal photo exhibitions in locations of Turkey and abroad. Furthermore, he lectured around 6000 conferences in primary and secondary schools, universities, governorates, municipalities, industrial organizations, armed forces, police vocational schools, dormitories, nursing homes, hospitals, public education centers, muftis’ offices, political party centers, different associations and public places in 81 provinces of Turkey and in approximately  60 countries on the subject of embracing the world we live in and we believe this is a world record.   

His opinion columns and articles are published in around ten newspapers and journals. Kural who is preparing and presenting radio and TV programs in different channels since sixteen years, is presenting the program “Lütfen +1” together with Şebnem Schaefer in Bloomberg HT Television since last 7 years.

Kural, who speaks English, German and Italian, visited 193 countries which are registered under the United Nations  abd he is listed among 50 most travelling persons on Nomadmania Page.

          Kural, who is the Founder President of the Turkey Travelers (club) has been assigned as the Honorary Consul of Benin in 2003 and as the Vice Honorary Consul of Vanuatu in 2013.  He is actually the President of the Sarıay Association and a faculty member of Istanbul Aydın University and a lecturer at Esenyurt University.

Orhan Kural, who is granted nearly a thousand awards and plates, has been presented in 2014, the "State Order of the Republic of Benin" in Cotonou.


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