BJ. Habibie, his life and his works
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, the former president of Indonesia had passed away on September 11th 2019 due to heart failure. Aside from his presidency, He is well known as an aeronautical engineer. During his life, he contributed many things in technology and Aeronautics. Reminding his great achievement, here is the obituary of B.J. Habibie
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was born in Parepare, South Sulawesi. Young BJ Habibie was a smart kid and love to read a book. Pursue his dream, he went to Institut Teknologi Bandung (Bandung Institute of Technology) and studied abroad to Delft University of Technology. Due to diplomatic reason between Indonesia and The Netherlands, BJ. Habibie was transferred to RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
On 1965, BJ. Habibie delivered his thesis in aerospace engineer. At the same time, he also developed his theory in thermoelasticity. Although he was offered many positions such as the head of train construction in The Netherlands, and aviation company like Boeing and Airbus, he declined the offer, instead he accepted the offer from MBB, an aviation company in Germany. There, he developed a theory on thermodynamics. With MBB, BJ. Habibie developed the Airbus A300B and since then he became the vice president for that company.
As a scholar, BJ. Habibie earned 46 patents in the aeronautics field. The most famous theory is about the crack spot of an aeroplane that granted him a name “Mr.Crack”. Not only in aeronautics, BJ. Habibie also created a theory in the economy, at 1992, BJ. Habibie was prized Von Karman Award. Von Karman is one of the prestigious awards in the Aerospace industry.
BJ. Habibie was a Minister of Research and Technology for 4 periods of Soeharto presidency. And in 1998 he became the vice president. two months after Habibie became vice president, Suharto announced his resignation, and Habibie succeeded him as president. However, His career as a president didn’t last long, as in 1999 he withdrew from his position.
BJ. Habibie is not only well known as an aeronautic genius and former president, but also people reminiscence BJ. Habibie with his remarkable love story with his wife, Ainun. BJ. Habibie was married Hasri Ainun Basri in 1962 until her death in 2010. This remarkable love story is written in a book named Habibie dan Ainun. This book recount his marriage life and inspired many people in Indonesia.
BJ. Habibie spent his senior life more in Germany than in Indonesia, though he was a presidential advisor during Susilo’s presidency. On early September 2019, he admitted to Gatot Subroto Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for heart problems. Finally on September 11th, BJ. Habibie passes away due to heart failure.