Poet and writer (b. 1902, İnebolu / Kastamonu - d. 2 December 1994, İstanbul). He graduated from Ankara Primary Teacher Training School (1922) and İstanbul Advanced Teacher Training School, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1930). He worked as a teacher of literature in several cities until retirement whilst at İstanbul Institute of Education (1969). In 1944, he was arrested on the claim that he was a supporter of Pan-Turkism, but then released. He worked as a student examiner in London (1951-64) and as a Turkish lecturer at London University (1960-63).
He was known not his poetry but for his research on literature. He edited for publishing the works of Mercimek Ahmet and Katip Çelebi by simplifying and adding explanations
He also published a research on Dede Korkut. His first poems, published in the Kastamonu review Açıksöz (1922), were in prosodic meter. His later poems that were based on the tradition of folklore poetry and were generally in syllabic meter are more important. The first volume of Seçme Makaleler (Selected Articles), which consists of his articles from reviews and annuals and was designated in three volumes, was published by İletişim Publications with the title Eski, Yeni ve Ötesi (The Old, the New and the Rest) in 1995, and the second volume Kim Etti Sana Bu Kârı Teklif (Who Offered You this Profit?) in 1997. One volume of Çelebi Seyahatnamesi (Evliya Çelebi’s Book of Travels) of which he transcribed the full text and prepared for publication was published by Yapı Kredi Publications after his death (1996). Orhan Şaik also won the Writers Union of Turkey Service Award in 1987.
POETRY: Birkaç Şiir (A Few Poems, 1976), Bu Vatan Kimin (Whose Land is This?, 1994).
RESEARCH: Dede Korkut (Dede Korkut, 1938; with the name “The Book of Dedem Korkut”, 1973), Kâtip Çelebi (Katip Çelebi, 1957), Kâtip Çelebi'den Seçmeler (Selected Works of Katip Çelebi, 1968), Molla Lütfi (Molla Lütfi, 1987), Seçme Makaleler (Selected Articles, 3 volumes, 1995-2002).
ESSAY-REVIEW: Destursuz Bağa Girenler (Trespassing, 1982), Güçlük Nerede? (Where is the Difficulty?, 3 volumes, 2001).
SIMPLIFICATION: Kabusname (Book of Nightmares by Mercimek Ahmet, 1944), Eşkâl-i Zaman (Shape of Time by Ahmet Rasim, 1969), Hannâme (Uzbek Epic, 1969), Mizan'ül-Hak (The Balance of God by Kâtip Çelebi, 1973), Tuhfetü'l Kibar fi Es-fari'l-Bihar (The Gift of the Greats in the Sea Campaign, 1973), Cerbe Fetihnamesi (The Book of the Cerbe Conquest by Zekeriya Züde, 1975), Risale-i Mimariyye (The Pamphlet of Architecture, by Mimar Mehmet Ağa, 1975), Vak'a-i Osmaniyye (Events in the Ottoman State by Bostanzâde Yahya, 1976), Ziyafet Sofraları (Banquet Tables, from Mevaidün Nefâis fi Kavâidül Mecalis -Delicious Meals in the Council of Regulations by Gelibolulu Mustafa Ali, 2 volumes, 1978), Halâtü'l-Kahire mine'l Adâti'zZahire (The Situation of Cairo from Common Customs by Gelibolulu Ali, 1984), Seyahatnâme (Book of Travels, volume 1, by Evliya Çelebi, 1994), II. Sultan Osman'ın Şehadeti (The Testimony of Sultan Osman II by Bostanzâde Mehmet Efendi, 1976), Harnâme (Book of the Donkey, by Tokatlı Molla, 1986).
He also translated from English.
REFERENCE: Prof. Dr. Günay Kut / Orhan Şaik Gökyay (1989), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 4, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013)., Ayhan İnal / Kastamonulu Büyük Şair Devlet Sanatçısı Orhan Şaik Gökyay (Kültür Sanat, Eylül 1995), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. bas. 1999), Nail Tan / Devlet Sanatçısı Orhan Şaik Gökyay’ın Türk Kültürüne ve Türk Edebiyatına Katkıları (Türk Dünyası Tarih Dergisi, Ocak 2001) - Orhan Şaik Gökyay I (H. Rıdvan Çongur ile, 2002), İbnülemin Mahmud Kemal İnal / Son Asır Türk Şairleri (c. 4, 2002), Nail Tan - Özdemir Tan / Gurur Kaynağımız Kastamonulular III (2004).