Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Turkish army officer, writer, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president.
Atatürk became popular during World War I following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, then he pushed for the Turkish War of Independence. During his presidency, Atatürk embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms he tried to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern and secular nation.

If it wasnt for this guy Turkey would still speak Arabic and be completely part of the middle east. There are pictures, busts, and banners with his face on them everywhere.

this is the castle where he died.

his popularity even shows up on Jewelry and his signature is a popular tattoo and bumper sticker.