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BJ. Habibie

BJ. Habibie

Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was born in Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, on June 25, 1936. He is the fouth of eight children in his family. His parents are Alwi Abdul Jalil Habibie and RA. Tuti Marini Puspowardojo. Habibie married Hasri Ainun Habibie on May 12, 1962. He has 2 sons. They are Ilham Akbar dan Thareq Kemal. He spent his childhood with his brothers and sisters in Pare-Pare. His faithful and persistent characteristics have been shown since he was a kid. Habibie’s hobby is riding horse and reading book. He is well-known as smart child when he was in elementary school.
Alter his father died, his mother sold their house and moved to Bandung. Her mother worked hard to afford their life. When he was in senior high school, Habibie showed his great achievement, especially in science subjects. He became a favorite student at school. After he graduated from high school, he continued his study in Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). During his study in ITB, he got a scholarship from the government to study abroad. Then, he continued his study in Germany. When he arrived in Germany, he determined to be successful because he remembered the struggle of his parents to afford his course cost and his daily life. Several years later, in 1955, almost all of the Indonesian students got full scholarship. He was the only one who held green passport among his friends. For him, holiday season is not holiday. That was a gold chance to make money for buying books and having examination. After holiday, all activities were suspended, except studying
That habit was different from his friends who didn’t take any examination in the holiday.
He graduated in 1960 with cumlaude predicate and average score 9.5. Then, he applied a job in Firma Talbot, an industry company of train. TA that time, Talboot needed 100o carriage to carry light but big stuff. Dealing with that problem, Habibie applied some ways in making the construction of plane wings and finally he was successful to apply that.
After that, he continued his doctoral degree in in Technische Hochschule Die Facultaet Fuer Maschinenwesen Aachean and Hasri Ainun Habibie in 1962. After the wedding ceremony, he brought Ainun to Germany. His life was getting tougher. In the morning, he must have walked fast to work and his wife washed the clothes in the public washing place to save money, and in the evening he studied. In1965, he finished his doctoral degree with summa cumlaude predicate and average score 10. Habibie was also the first Asian person who had high position in plane industry of Germany.
When he came back to Indonesia, he applied his knowledge and experiences that he got during his life in Germany to build plane industry in Indonesia. After three years he lived in Indonesia, he got Professor title from ITB. Then, he became the minister of research and technology for 20 years. On March 11, 1998, Habibie was elected as the 7th vice president of Indonesia by the decision of parliamentary session.
At that time, there was a crisis which made many people hold demonstration. President Soeharto was asked to step down from his position by the society and Habibie was pointed as the 3rd president of Indonesia as it was ruled in 1945 constitution number 8. In his short presidency, he was able to save Indonesia from the crisis.

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