Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim, Teacher of teachers, was born in town İstip of Macedonia which once was in the Ottoman State’s land , in 1926. He settled down in İstanbul with his family in 1934. He started his study when he was 5 in Macedonia, and continued at Fethiye Primary School in Fatih of İstanbul. Then, he entered İstanbul Vefa High School, and he finished it with high grade in 1943. He took an examination to be in the service of nation well, and he won the exam and entered Faculty of Political science of Ankara University. He graduated from there in 1947 and he worked as a head official in different towns. Later, he graduated from Law Faculty of Ankara University. He took a step in the academic life as an assistant (post graduate) in Faculty of economy of İstanbul University in 1953.He has worked at Faculty of economy in İstanbul University as a lecturer and a chamber of division up to 1993.
Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim worked as a guest lecturer at Cornell University in the USA between 1955-1957, in addition to his job at İstanbul University. Then, he gave lectures on economics at Munih University of Germany for some time. He became a member of Administrator Council at Middle East Technical University between 1977-1979. He gave lectures at Socio-technical Works division of faculty of Engineering at Jeddah King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia between 1980-1982. He worked as a dean at Faculty of Economy and administration in Sakarya University between 1993-1998. He became a member of Senior Instruction Council (YÖK) between 1998-2000. He worked as a Founder Rector at International University of Sarajevo between 2003-2004. After 2006, he worked as a member of Administrator Council at International Balkan University in Uskup of Macedonia.
He became a founding partner and administrative member of Gümüş Motor (later called Pancar Motor) which was esteblished as first private motor factory in İstanbul. Besides, He worked as a member of first Adminisrative Council of TÜMOSAN Motor Factory which was esteblished by State in Konya.
Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim got married to Ulya Hanım on 10th Sept 1959 and he has got 5 children. When he was 81, he died at 4.15 a.m.on Sunday 10th Dec 2007. He was burried at Edirnekapı Family Cemetery.
He was a very distinct scientist of our Country and his name was given to a university in memory of him. İlim Yayma Vakfı (Foundation of spreading science) esteblşhed that University and Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim was one of the founders of that Foundation.
President of Turkey Republic, Doç. Dr. Abdullah Gül and Chief Chamber of Halkın Sesi Party, Prof.Dr. Numan Kurtulmuş have been effected by Sabahattin Zaim, in their academic education deeply.