The late Dr Sakir Kocabas (1945-2006) was a Turkish scholar who lived and worked in London during the 1980s. While employed as an industrial chemist in a glue manufacturing plant in east London, he also pursued studies in the philosophy of science, much encouraged by Dr Haneef Fatmi,a cybernetician teaching at Chelsea College. Kocabas’s doctorate at Kings College was the ‘Functional Categorization of Discovery’. He was among the pioneers in the field of artificial intelligence and data mining. On returning to Turkey he worked for some years in a policy institute and the Istanbul Technical University.