Born to pharmacist parents in 1983 in Kayseri, Turkey, Halil Tekiner holds a BS in pharmacy and an MS and PhD in the history of pharmacy and pharmacy management, all from Ankara University. He has conducted post-graduate research at various institutions, including Harvard Medical School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; Marburg Philipps University, Germany; Helsinki University, Finland; and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania.
He authored, co-authored, or edited 12 books and published over a hundred articles in many languages. He was awarded the Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award, Golden Mortar Award for the History of Pharmacy, the Pharmacist Hamdi Bey Award for the History of Pharmacy, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Weblogger of the Year Award, among others. He is a corresponding member of the American, French and German Societies for the History of Pharmacy and the International Academy for the History of Pharmacy.
Tekiner is currently a Professor of the History of Pharmacy and Ethics at the Erciyes University School of Pharmacy, Turkey, and serves as President of the International Society for the History of Pharmacy. He is deeply interested in music as a composer and columnist; his musical works have been published individually or in anthologies, some on CDs.