Kasim Tinistanov, a prominent poet and journalist, is the founder of the Kyrgyz script.
According to ECO Cultural Institute quoting from Mehr News agency, Born on September 9, 1901 in the village of Chirpikti in Issyk-Kul Province, Kasim Tinistanov was a Kyrgyz scientist, poet and an activist. He is the founder of the Kyrgyz script. In the years 1909 to 1912 he received his early education under the supervision of a local cleric, and from 1916 to 1914 he studied at a Russian school in the city of Karakol (formerly Przhevalsk). In 1924 he graduated from the Kyrgyz-Kazakh College of Education in Tashkent.
In 1923, he established Kyrgyz language using Arabic alphabet, and years after he cooperated in the change of the Kyrgyz alphabet from Arabic to Latin and then to Cyrillic. From 1923 to 1927 he worked as editor of "Ak Jal", "Jas Kairat", "Sana" and "Erkin Ta" periodicals and served as head of the science faculty of Turkestan State University. In 1926 he attended the first meeting of Turkology in Baku (Azerbaijan) and delivered an important speech on the transition of Kyrgyz script to Latin.
Tinistanov wrote many poems, among which the "Kasim Poetry Collection" gained more fame in the region. He also translated several books into Kyrgyz, including the works of Krylov, Russia's best-known fabulist. In 1934, Tinistanov was elected as a member of the Writers' Council of the Soviet Union.
On August 1, 1937, Tinistanov was ousted by Stalin and sentenced to death which was carried out on November 6, 1938. Kyrgyz 10-som banknote features Kasim Tinistanov and the state university in Issyk-Kul and Some streets and schools in Bishkek Province are named after him.