Ilknur Aka was born in 1960 in Ankara. She completed the major part of her primary, secondary and high school education in Germany and graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of German Language and Literature in 1982.

She began her career as a German Language Instructor at the Foreign Languages School of the same University.

Later on in 1990 she joined the Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Foreign Languages Unit, Department of German Language in Bilkent University where she worked as a German Language Instructor until her retirement in 2012. 

Since 1998, İlknur Aka has also translated the below listed books to Turkish:

Translated Books: Zur Farbenlehre,Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Fazıl Say – Pianist, Komponist, Weltbürger, Jürgen Otten; Dämmerung, Max Horkheimer; Im Weltinnenraum des Kapitals, Peter Sloterdijk; Die Einbeziehung des Anderen, Jürgen Habermas; Auf der Suche nach einer besseren Welt, Karl R. Popper; Logik der Forschung, Karl R. Popper.

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