Habibie, the genius of Indonesia’s first aircraft creator

GETNEWS.ID – Indonesia’s third president Bacharuddin Jusuf (BJ) Habibie passed away on Wednesday at 6.05 p.m. after being in intensive care at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Jakarta since Sunday, September 1. His second-born son Thareq Kemal Habibie said Tuesday that his father was starting to get stable after intensive treatment for exhaustion from his packed activities.

But fate had other plans for BJ Habibie. The genius who created Indonesia’s first self-made aircraft died at the age 83 Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by his loving family.

Habibie’s health had increasingly deteriorated since he underwent surgery in Munich Germany, to treat a leakage in the heart valve prosthesis early March 2018.

But much before the surgery, he never fully recovered mentally or physically from his grief at losing his beloved wife Ainun Habibie in 2010.

He will be buried next to his soulmate Ainun’s grave at the Heroes Cemetery, Kalibata, South Jakarta, Thursday.

Born in Parepare, South Sulawesi, June 25, 1936, BJ Habibie was the fourth son of eight children of Alwi Abdul Jalil Habibie and Tuti Marini Puspowadjojo.

He was a devout Muslim, following his religious family background in Parepare, where his grandfather was an Islamic cleric.

Later in his life, Habibie was one of the founders of the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) and became its patron.

During his adolescence, Habibie went to Christian Dago High School in Bandung, West Java, and then completed his higher education at the Technology Faculty of the University of Indonesia in Bandung (now Bandung Institute of Technology) in 1954.

From 1955 to 1965, Habibie went abroad to study aviation technology majoring in aircraft construction at RWTH Aachen, West Germany.

He graduated and received his Ingenieur diploma in 1960 and became an Ingenieur doctor in 1965 with the highest honors.

Habibie stayed in Germany after his graduation and worked at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, an aircraft company in Hamburg.

While he spent most of his adult life overseas, Habibie’s love for his motherland never faded.

Even after he received honorary German citizenship for his achievements in aviation technology, he returned home in 1973 when second President Soeharto asked him to work and develop Indonesia with his expertise.

source : Antara

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