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Yohanes Surya: Boosting brilliant minds

  • Aimee Dawis

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2009   /  09:29 am

Courtesy of Eka Tjipta FoundationA dedicated teacher, a brilliant physicist and a strong believer in Indonesia’s people, Yohanes Surya is convinced that an Indonesian will win a Nobel Prize by 2020.Surya believes that once students begin conducting research under the tutelage of Nobel Prize winners, the quality of their research will soar.“The Nobel Prize is certainly within our grasp,” he says, unshakable in his belief and optimism. “It will not be long until Indonesia grabs a Nobel Prize.”The seventh of nine children, Surya grew up loving physics and showed an incredible aptitude for science and technology. Although he was a gifted child, he dared not hope to attend university because his parents could not afford to send his siblings to higher education. His mother sold traditional cookies to supplement the family income and his father was a retired soldier.But his older sibl...