Prof. DR (HC). Ing. Dr. Sc. Mult. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie. He was birth in Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, on June 25, 1936. He was the fourth of eight children, Alwi Abdul Jalil Habibie and RA. Tuti Marini Puspowardojo. Here is his siblings list:
- Junus Effendi Habibie
- Alwini Karsum Habibie
- Satot Mohammad Duhri Habibie
- Sri Sulaksmi Habibie
- Sri Rahayu Fatima Habibie
- Sri Rejeki Habibie
- Ali Buntarman
- Suyatim Abdurrahman Habibie
Habibie who has a hobby of riding and reading is known to be very intelligent while still in primary school, but he must lose his father who died on September 3, 1950 due to a heart attack while he was praying Isya.
Shortly after his father died, his mother then sold the house and his vehicle and then moved to Bandung with Habibie, after his father's death, his mother worked hard to finance the lives of his children, especially Habibie.
Because of the willingness to learn Habibie then study at Gouvernments Middlebare School. In high school, he began to look prominent achievements, especially in exact subjects. Habibie became a favorite figure in his school.
Became a student of ITB and Lecture in Germany
Due to his intelligence, After graduating from high school in Bandung in 1954, he entered at ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung). He did not finish there because he received a scholarship from the Minister of Education and Culture to continue his studies in Germany, because Bung Karno's message about the importance of mastery of Technology which has a national vision of Maritime Technology and Aerospace Technology when Indonesia was still developing at that time.
Habibie is the second group among hundreds of high school students who are specifically sent to various countries. Habibie then chose the Aviation Engineering department with an Aircraft Construction specialization at Rhein Westfalen Aachen Technische Hochschule (RWTH).
The education Habibie took abroad was not a crash course but a school for many years while practicing. From the beginning Habibie was only interested in 'how to build commercial aircraft' for the Indonesian people who became Soekarno's idea at that time. From there emerged strategic companies, there is PT PAL and one of them is IPTN. Holiday is not a time for a vacation, for him just a golden opportunity to be filled with exams and make money to buy books. After the holiday, all activities are set aside except for study. He earned the Ing Diploma degree, from Technische Hochschule, Germany in 1960 with the Cumlaude (Perfect) grade with an average grade of 9.5. With an engineer he signed up to work for Talbot Firm, a German railway industry. At that time Talbot Firm needed a large-volume wagon to transport lightweight but high-volume items. Habibie tried to apply the construction methods of making the airplane wings to the wagon and finally succeeded. Afterwards he continued his studies for a Doctorate at the Technische Hochschule Die Facultaet Fuer Maschinenwesen Aachen then Habibie married in 1962 with Hasri Ainun Habibie who was later transported to Germany, his life increasingly hard, in the early morning Habibie sometimes had to walk quickly to his work away to save the necessities of life then go home at night and learn for his college. His wife Mrs. Hasri Ainun Habibie had to queue at a laundering site to wash clothes to save the family's life needs. In 1965 Habibie earned a Dr. Ingenieur with summa cumlaude (Very perfect) with an average rating of 10 from Technische Hochschule Die Facultaet Fuer Maschinenwesen Aachen.