Kaptanzade Sabulç Ayyıldız (1588-1644; Gezirite Hungarian: Ildeguz Kapitányfi Szabolcs; Ottoman Turkish: كپتان زاده صبولج آییلدز ) was an Uzakarazilu polymath, navigator, astronomer and explorer. He served at the courts of Beys Ahmed I and Suleyman I.
Sabulç was born to Kara Reis and a Paduan lady, Elişbe Aslıhan Hatun. His parents wanted him to become a pirate. However, he had an innate scientific temper and was interested in science from a very young age.
In 1601, Sabulç left Herseksarayı for Constantinople. He took education from a disciple of the famous Ottoman astronomer, Takiyüddin. He resided for eight years near Tower of Galata. He studied astronomy and navigation (latter of which his father laid the foundations). He was here, when his mother passed away in 1604.
Return to Uzakarazi
In 1610, he lost his father to typhoid fever. His father's will left with him a lot of inheritance, which he received entirely owing to the fact that he was their single son.
Marriage and children
- Yıldırım Kasım Ayyıldız (1611-1681)
- Yavuz Ayyıldız (1613-1651)
- Batur Ayyıldız (1615-1654)
- Fatma Ayyıldız (1617-1671)
- Efşan Ayyıldız (1618-1653)
- Yahya Ayyıldız (1612-1671)
- Erşahin Ayyıldız (1615-1666)
- Nevbahar Ayyıldız (1617-1651)
- Aygül Ayyıldız (1619-1641)
In popular culture
- Sabulç comes from the Hungarian given name Szabolcs.
- Fiçana derives from their mother's surname, "Vizzana")
- Sayaz derives from their mother's surname, "Zayas")