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Jakarta Post

From astronomy to cancer treatment: Indonesian young bright minds make splash on world stage

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  02:08 am

Future astronomer: Hilmi Nuruzzaman shows the silver and bronze medals he won at the International Olympiad of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)These senior high school students have claimed international awards with their impressive astronomical calculations, noninvasive glucometer and an herbal tea that could help to cure cancer.A year ago, Hilmi Nuruzzaman had to beg his parents to allow him to take part in the astronomy olympiad at provincial level.He had dengue fever, but his parents eventually allowed him to go to the competition venue in Anyer, Banten, in a hospital ambulance with a drip still attached to his arm.The student of MAN Insan Cendekia state Islamic boarding senior high school in Serpong, South Tangerang, passed the selection to the national level.“It’s his perseverance and sincerity that has brought him to pass each stage of the competition,” sa...