Literature historian (B. March 7, 1914, Yolüstü / Şavşat / Artvin – D. December 3, 1980, Ankara). His full name is Ali Gündüz Akıncı. He has completed the primary school at Artvin Regional Boarding School and his secondary and high school education in Istanbul and Bursa Boys’ High Schools (1934). He graduated from Istanbul Higher School for Teachers, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1938). He worked as a teacher at Antalya High School and Afyon High School (1940-1943). He became an assistant at the Languages, History and Geography Faculty, Ankara University in 1943. He lived in Paris in 1951-1952 for education. He has completed his doctoral studies in 1950 with the thesis named “Abdülhak Hamit Tarhan, Hayatı-Sanatı-Eserleri”. He went to Paris and conducted research about his docent thesis named “Türk-Fransız Kültür İlişkilerinin Başlangıç Devresi Üzerine Bir Deneme”(1951-52). After completing his studies, he became an associate professor in 1955 and a professor in 1962. He worked as the dean of Ataturk University, Faculty of Sciences and Letters (1958-1963), President of Turkish Linguistic Association (1966-1969) and as the dean of Elazığ Firat University, Faculty of Literature (1974-1976). In 1968, he established the Turkish Language professorship at Algeria Faculty of Literature and Humanities. He received the Turkish Linguistic Association Science Award in 1955 with his doctoral thesis. His poems, essays, articles and criticisms were published in the journals of Arayış (1956-58), Türk Dili, Ülkü and Varlık. He was married to Mrs. Nesrin, and father of two. He was the Head of Turkish Literature Subdivision at DTCF, Ankara University when he died.
MONOGRAPHY: Abdülhak Hamit - Hayatı Sanatı Eserleri (1954), Erzurumlu İbrahim Hakkı Efendi (1959).
RESEARCH: Türk Romanında Köye Doğru (1961), Batıya Yönelirken Şinasi (1962, 1966), Türk-Fransız Kültür İlişkileri (1973).
REFERENCE: Afşin Oktay - Kemal Bağlum / Biyografiler Ansiklopedisi (1959), Şükrü Kurgan / Prof. Dr. Gündüz Akıncı 1914-1980 (Ilgaz, vol. 20, issue: 231, Aralık 1980), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (ed. 18, 1999), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (exp. ed. 6, 1999), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), TDOE – TDE Ansiklopedisi 1 (2002), İhsan Işık (TEKAA, 2009).