Armagan, a reader from Turkey, kindly took the effort of translating Turkish version of Wikipedia article on Dr. Anilir. As he pointed out (and we were also noticing partially through computer translations), there was a significant difference from what is told in Japan (and in English version of Wikipedia). Of course, anyone can edit Wikipedia so we are not sure who wrote them, but this still suggests an interesting difference between what is told in Turkey and elsewhere. As of writing this, the entry "Serkan Anilir" in Turkish Wikipedia seems to be deleted(?). In any case, I am posting Armagan's valuable contribution with his (her?) permission. We will later discuss the discrepancy from what has been known or told outside Turkey.
The Turkish wikipedia entry for Serkan ANILIR:
Serkan Anilir (born 22 March 1973) , Turkish scientist, physicist, academician, the first Turkish astronaut candidate, JAXA Technological Development Department President, lecturer at University of Tokyo. Serkan Anilir was born in 1973 in Cologne, Germany. Eldest of a worker family's three children. Graduated from [Istanbul] Yildiz Technical University's Faculty of Architecture in 1996 and was admitted to Germany's Bauhaus Academy during the same year for post graduate [study]. In 1997, entered as assistant to the same university's computerized design department and directed the space station design of European Space [sic. and Aviation] Agency. Realized his engineering graduate study on high technology structures. In 1999, upon invitation from Japan, came for doctoral study to University of Tokyo. The same year, was employed by the Kajima Company's design division, where he directed the design of the 800-meter high DIB200 building, which was planned to be constructed in Japan. Upon reverberations the project brought about, was invited in 2000 to NASA's Space Elevator Study Program and was appointed to head the project during the same year. Two months later, renewed the Space Elevator Project under the name of ATA and headed a group comprised of 58 experts and students at JAXA. To date, played roles in the designh of JAXA's Hayabasu Satellite and the development of the Kibo Module, which is planned to be annexed to the International Space Station. Besides the ATA Space Elevator, prepared annenna designs with his own group for Solar Antennae Project, again one of the most important technology programs of JAXA. The designs prepared as part of the satellite and antennae designs have also been turned into toys by the Bandai company. In May of 2005, gained his assistant professorship [dozent-ship] by designing [accommodation] units, while maintaing the concept of Buildings That Do Not Require Infrastructure - Infra-Free concept, through transferring space technology to the Earth, enabling aid to survivors following natural disasters and permitting habitation in the Third World without any need for infrastructure. Thereby, became the youngest and the only foreign lecturer at the University of Tokyo. In 2004, won Cambridge University's Physics Award by his Space In the 11th Dimension Theorem, which he wrote during his years toward a doctorate degree, and in 2005 the American Medal of Honor for Science and Technology. On the same subject, published his first book in Japan titled Outside of Space. Dr. Anilir, who served as guest professor at Princeton, Hong Kong, Roma, Naples, Munich and Montreal universities, also participates in research in NASA Johnson Space Center and NASA Ames Reseach Center. Having assumed the responsibility of training and technology [operations] of the Design and Engineering Committee at the American Space Aviation Institute [?NASA], Dr. Anilir has more than 100 international publications, and he is included in the Scientists of the Century Encyclopedia published by the Marquis Group. Since 2005, heads the presidency [directorship] of JAXA's technology development and transfer group and serves as an academician at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Anilir is also the first Turkish astronaut canditate, one of [our] select scientists that promote Turkey in the international arena in the field of science and technology. In 2006, has been chosen as the [sic] youngest brain that guides science in Japan. And through his television and radio programs which commenced in 2007, continues to represent our country [Turkey] in the far-east. In 2006, transferred his ATA Space Elevator project to cinematic screen. In 2007, drew and directed the scenes about Infra-Free systems within the 28-part Real Drive animation series, which was broadcast on Nihon Television. In 2008, his third book he wrote in Japan, Time Machine, was also made into a movie, and premiered at EXPO Center in the city of Tsukuba. Dr. Anilir is one of the most recognized foreigners in Japan. Today, continues his endeavours in his country [Turkey] through a project called Let's Become A Scientist For A Day. In 2009, opened his own school called Serkan College in Tokyo and began to give education on advanced technologies.