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Halet Çambel

Full name: Halet Çambel
Gender: Female
Born: August 27, 1916 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: January 12, 2014 in İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Country: TUR Turkey
Sport: Fencing

Biography

Born in Berlin as the daughter of a confidant to Kemal Ataturk and the granddaughter of the Turkish ambassador to Germany, Halet Çambel took up fencing at a young age, influenced by Ataturk’s promotion of women’s sports. She attended the 1936 Summer Olympics as a representative of Turkey, but did not win any bouts and thus failed to advance beyond the opening round. She received her undergraduate degree in archaeology from Sorbonne University and later attained a doctorate from the University of Istanbul, where she met Nail Çakırhan, a Communist poet and architect who would eventually become her husband of 70 years. After World War II she rose to prominence in the archaeological world by restoring a tablet that helped decipher Hittite hieroglyphics. In the 1950s she became involved in preserving her country’s cultural history by organizing efforts to resist government activities that would have moved valuable artifacts and destroyed archaeological sites. She also worked with villages to change their livestock and weaving practices in the interests of preservation. In 2004 she received one of the Prince Claus Awards in recognition of her efforts the fields of culture and development.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Women's Foil, Individual Turkey TUR 7 p5 r1/4

Women's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TG TR TD
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 7 1936-08-04 0 5 10 25
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 2 1936-08-04 Müller-Preis (AUT) 5, Çambel (TUR) 0 0
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 2 1936-08-04 Turgis (FRA) 5, Çambel (TUR) 3 3
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 2 1936-08-04 Scrève (BEL) 5, Çambel (TUR) 2 2
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 2 1936-08-04 Bornand (SUI) 5, Çambel (TUR) 1 1
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Fencing Turkey TUR Round One Pool Five 2 1936-08-04 Gantz (ROU) 5, Çambel (TUR) 4 4
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