Feridun Hamdullahpur

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Feridun Hamdullahpur
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Born1953/1954 (age 65–66)[1]
EducationBachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering
PhD in chemical engineering
Alma materIstanbul Technical University
Technical University of Nova Scotia
President and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo
PredecessorDavid Johnston
Spouse(s)Cathy Hamdullahpur (née Johnson)
Children2 sons (Brian, Kevin) [2]
AwardsQueen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
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Feridun Hamdullahpur (born 1953 or 1954)[1] is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo.[3] Hamdullahpur was named the seventh president of the University of Waterloo in March 2011.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Hamdullahpur was born in Turkey to an Iranian father and a Turk mother. He is the youngest of five brothers. His businessman father, Nasri, died of liver disease before Hamdullahpur turned one. His mother, Merziye, raised her five sons in Turkey.[1] He moved from Turkey to Nova Scotia in 1981 where met his wife, Cathy. Cathy was 21, a fourth-year nursing student at Dalhousie University.[6] They married in Halifax on June 28, 1985 and later traveled to Turkey for a small ceremony with family[citation needed].


Hamdullahpur attended the Istanbul Technical University earning his undergraduate degree and his master's in mechanical engineering. He moved to Canada to do a PhD at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, which is now part of Dalhousie University.[3]

Prior to being appointed President, Hamdullahpur was Waterloo's Vice President Academic and Provost, a role which he held for just over a year before being appointed interim President. Prior to this, Hamdullahpur held various roles at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


  1. ^ a b c "Feridun Hamdullahpur prepares to lead UW into the future". Waterloo Region Record. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Waterloo president living in student housing". University of Waterloo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  3. ^ a b University of Waterloo. "The Hamdullahpur era begins today". Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  4. ^ University of Waterloo. "Feridun Hamdullahpur named University of Waterloo President & Vice-Chancellor". Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  5. ^ Council of Ontario Universities. "Feridun Hamdullahpur named University of Waterloo President & Vice-Chancellor". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  6. ^ "UW post is more than a job" (PDF). Grand Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2015.