Born in 29 November 1861 in Istanbul, Kamil Akdik was the son of Sulayman Efendi, head scribe at the shipyards. He began his studies in calligraphy with the famous court calligrapher Sami Efendi (d.1912). After four years of continuous study, at the age of twenty-three Kamil Efendi wrote a hilyeh and earned his license for thuluth and naskh. He was transferred to the Secretariat of the Imperial Council in 1894, upon which, following his teacher Sami Efendi's wishes, he changed his pen-name to Hashim. After entering the service of the imperial council Kamil Efendi learned tughra-design, diwani and jali diwani scripts from his master, as these were necessities of the office. He was appointed scribe of edicts the following year. Upon the retirement of his master Sami Efendi in 1909, Kamil Efendi was appointed as chief-scribe of edicts. When the School of Calligraphers was opened in 1915 Kamil Efendi was appointed teacher of thuluth and naskh scripts; he also became teacher of riqa' script at the Galatasaray Imperial School. Twice invited to Egypt by Prince Muhammad Ali Pasha, in 1933 and 1940, Kamil Efendi greatly contributed to the arts in that country. Starting in 1915, Kamil Efendi was known by the title Reisul Hattatin (Chief of the Calligraphers). He passed away in Istanbul, in 1941 (Ugur Derman, Eternal Letters - From the Abdul Rahman Al Owais Collection of Islamic Calligraphy, Sharjah, 2009, p.244-52).