Writer (b. 1915, Razgrad / Bulgaria - d. 3 October 2016, İstanbul). He is a Bulgarian Turk. He attended primary school in Razgard (1926). He moved to Turkey when he was about eleven-twelve years old. He started his secondary school education in Balıkesir and completed it in Adana High School for Primary Education Teachers (1937). After attending the Ankara Gazi Institute of Education (1940), he specialized on librarianship in Turkey and France (Paris State Institute of Documentation Techniques, 1952). He worked as a teacher and as an administrator at schools in Erzurum (1937-38), Ağrı (1940), Kars (1943) and Ankara (1940, 1943-55), and as a specialist librarian at the National Library in Ankara (1950-52), and as the Director of Collection of Printed Documents and Pictures in İstanbul (1952-74). He took his pension off in 1974. He still continues his researches and studies with great care.
He published his first articles and translations from Bulgarian in a review called Kaynak and in some other local newspapers in Balıkesir (1934). Also working at the İstanbul Radio on introduction of publications (1953), Acaroğlu published his book reviews, articles and translations in hundreds of reviews and newspapers, such as the reviews Varlık, Yücel, Ülkü, Türk Dili, Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği Bülteni, Yenilik, Kültür, Türk Düşüncesi, Tercüme, Milliyet Sanat, Yeditepe and the newspapers Ulus, Cumhuriyet, Kudret, Son Posta, Tan, Vatan, Savaş, Havadis, Milliyet, Hürvatan and Tasvir (1957-60). He presented a radio program called “Kitapseverlerle Başbaşa” (Together with Book-lovers) at the İstanbul Radio between 1957 and 1960. He was awarded with a golden medal by the Bulgarian State on the anniversary of establishment of Bulgaria in 1981, for his translations from Bulgarian language. However, he rejected this award to protest the oppression against Turks in Bulgaria, which went on between 1984 and 1985. He also collected the İhsan Hınçer Award for Contribution to Turkish Folklore by the Turkish Folklore Research Center (1991), and the Eminent Service Award of the Turkish Librarians Association in 1995; the Librarians Award of the İstanbul Branch of the Turkish Language Association in 2004 and was dignified with a “Certificate of Acknowledgement” from the Writers Syndicate of Turkey in 2004.
Çocuk Şiirleri Antolojisi
(Anthology of Children’s Poems, 1944), İstanbul Üniversitesi Yayınları
Bibliyografyası/ 1933-45 (A Bibliography of İstanbul University Publications /
SIMPLIFICATION: Şermin (Şermin, from Tevfik Fikret, second editon, 1946), Atatürk (Atatürk, from M. Turhan Tan, second edition, 1946), Kitap (Book, from Necip Asım Yazıksız, second edition, 1992).
Besides, he translated many works from Bulgarian writers.
REFERENCE: Alpay Kabacalı / Kültürümüzden İnsan Adaları (1995, s. 129-132), Arslan Kaynardağ / Değerli Derleme Müdürü ve Bibliyografyacı Türker Acaroğlu’na Saygı (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 24.12.1998), Felsefe Yazıları (Kitap sayı: 4), Türker Acaroğlu / Türkiye’de ve Dünyada Derleme Çalışmaları (1998), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. bas. 1999), İstanbul’dan Ben de Geçtim (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 14.12.2001), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), İhsan Işık / Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2007) – Bilim Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 2, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).