TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Physicist and Professor of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Pantur Silaban, 84 years old, died at Santosa Hospital Bandung, Monday 1 August 2022.
The chairman of the ITB Professorship Forum who is also a former student, Freddy Permana Zen, remembers him as a scientist who is consistent, serious, and humorous at the same time. “He is a good person,” said Freddy, Monday, August 1, 2022.
Pantur Silaban’s body is now buried at the Jalan Industri 21 funeral home, Bandung. Before being buried in the San Diego Hills the day after tomorrow, ITB will carry out a procession of releasing the body of the retired Professor of the High Energy Theoretical ITB Physics Expertise Group. The ITB leadership expressed deep condolences.
Freddy said Pantur Silaban, born November 11, 1937, still likes to come to his office at ITB even though he has retired to do research. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, these activities have stopped. “He is consistent in research in the field of theoretical physics even though there is no funding for that research,” said Freddy.
Graduated from Physics ITB in 1964, Pantur became a lecturer at his alma mater and then continued his studies in 1967 at Syracuse University, New York, to learn about the theory of General Relativity introduced by Albert Einstein. “In Indonesia, it is rare to pursue this field,” said Freddy. Pantur as the first doctor in the field to study Einstein’s theory of relativity in Indonesia.
Freddy said many people like Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but it’s hard to learn. Therefore, for him the figure of Pantur Silaban deserves to be an example. In 2009, Pantur Silaban received the Achmad Bakrie Award in the field of science.
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