Sevil Atasoy

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Sevil Gök Atasoy
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Born (1949-02-25) February 25, 1949 (age 70)
EducationDeutsche Schule Istanbul
İstanbul University
Medical career
ProfessionForensic Medicine
InstitutionsInstitute of Forensic Science, İstanbul University
Üsküdar University[1]
Awardsİsmail Cem Award

Sevil Atasoy (Hafize Hikmet Sevil Atasoy Ekinci), immediate past president of the UN International Narcotics Control Board[2][3] born in İstanbul, Turkey (February 25, 1949), is an internationally distinguished leader in the field of Forensic Sciences, substance abuse and addiction. Atasoy is the daughter of forensic pathologist Prof. Dr. Şemsi Gök (1921–2002) and bacteriologist Dr. Ferda Gök (1924 - 2003). She is currently the executive director of the Innocence Project (Turkey),[4] the International Forensic Science Services, Vice-Rector of Uskudar University,[5] Istanbul, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and chairs the Crime & Violence Prevention Center.[6]

She serves as a member at the Inter-ministerial Commission for Drug Prevention, represented several times Turkey at international meetings including the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Sevil Atasoy has a TV show on the TV2 (Turkey) network, titled Kanıt (Evidence), which premiered on Kanal D, a national TV network, on July, 2010. The show was created and produced by Abdullah Oğuz. The series follows Istanbul criminalists as they use physical evidence to solve murders, based on true crime cases, written by Sevil Atasoy's daughter Ayça Selin Atasoy Hartevioğlu.


Sevil Atasoy is Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1972), Master of Science in Biochemistry (1976) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry (1979), Istanbul University. Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences