Prof. Ayşe Erzan was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1949. She completed her secondary studies in Istanbul, earned her BA degree in Bryn Mawr College (USA) in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Physics from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1976. After a year at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, in 1977 she joined the Istanbul Technical University, which, with some interruptions, has been her professional home ever since. Between 1981 and 1990, she was an assistant at the Department of Theoretical Physics,University of Geneva, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Porto, Humboldt fellow at the Department of Theoretical Physics,University of Marburg, FOM Research Scientist at the University of Groningen and a research fellow at the ICTP in Trieste. Back in ITU since 1990, she became an associate (1995) and later a full member (1998) of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, received the TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Science award in 1997, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award (for Europe) in 2003.