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Biography

She was born on 31 August, 1932 in Istanbul, Seyfullah Pasha Mansion at Çengelköy. She moved to Paris with her family when her father Mehmet Ali Bağana was appointed at the OCDE in 1952.


She was married to the French painter-engineer Antoine Gonnet in 1963. She studied archaeology with Prof. Emmanuel Laroche and received her diploma at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1967) and later at the Ecole du Louvre (1969) as a pupil of the archeaologist André Parrot. She was admitted to the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in 1969 and completed her doctoral dissertation in 1979. She directed Phyrigia excavation research in Beyköy, Afyon from 1979 to 1982.


She attended and presented at the international conferences, symposia and colloques between the years 1975 and 2003. She became the head of hittitology at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes V. Section from 1982 to 1995 as the sole advisee for master’s theses and doctoral dissertations in hittitology when Emmanuel Laroche was retired.


In 1997 she was retired with the award of honorary researcher at the CNRS and became member of the Berlin Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft. She carried out her scholarly activities as lecturer at the Ecole du Louvre in hittitology, philology of cuneiforms and hieroglyphic inscriptions, and historical analysis of ancient texts from 1995 to 2011.

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