Prof. Dr. Samaun Samadikun

Prof. Dr. Samaun Samadikun

Prof. Dr. Samaun Samadikun (April 15, 1931–November 15, 2006) was an Indonesian electrical engineer. He started his career as a lecturer at the ITB in 1957 teaching Electromagnetic Field Theory. He was promoted as the full professor of Electronics Engineering in 1974 and was chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Bandung Institute of Technology. He sat in central government department position as Director Binsarak DIKTI in 1973-1978 and later as the Director-General of Energy at Department of Energy and Mines from 1978 – 1983. Having served as the first director of the Center for Inter-University (PAU) Mikroelektronika ITB from 1984 to 1989, he took a sabbatical from ITB to sit in as the head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in 1989 to 1995. After finishing his term at LIPI, Samadikun decided to return to teach in the Department of Electrical Engineering at ITB and to do research at PAU Mikroelektronika. He was appointed as the Principal Researcher at PPAU Mikroelektronika ITB since 2001 until his death in 2006. During his tenure, he received a number of awards.


In the 1970s, he proposed to Indonesian government and industries at the time to do research and development of microelectronic devices domestically. His proposal and dream never got realized until his death. During his life, he was never tired to dream that someday there would be chip fabrication industries built in Indonesia. He was also active in the planning of Bandung High Tech Valley (BHTV) which tries to replicate the success of California’s Silicon Valley in Indonesia.


In 1961, Samaun’s paper Random Fluctuation in a Nuclear Reactor was published under Nature.
Samadikun held a patent (US Patent No 3,888,708), along with his colleague at Stanford University, K.D. Wise, for the Method for forming regions of predetermined in silicon dated 10 June 1975.


In 1963, Governor of West Java acknowledged Samaun for his contribution to TV broadcasting development in West Java. Indonesian government has awarded Samaun Satya Lencana Karya Satya Kelas I in 1984 and Bintang Mahaputra Utama in 1994. Chairman of Harapan Kita Foundation in 1984 gave the acknowledgement for Samaun’s work in medical instrumentation helping the establishment of Harapan Kita Hospital. In 1991, Minister of Defense/Commander of Armed Force awarded him Satya Lencana Dwidyasistha. In the same year, Samaun received Hadiah Ilmu Pengetahuan from Department of Education and Culture, Adhikara Rekayasa from Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia, and Meritorious Service Award from ASEAN-COST. In 1998, Samaun received ASEAN Science and Technology Award. In 2001, ITB Rector acknowledged Samaun for his dedication for ITB from 16 August 1957 to 1 May 2001. Department of Energy and Mineral Resources awarded him Dharma Elektrika Madya in 2003.


In 2007, Samaun’s name was dedicated for multipurpose room at Directorate General of Electricity and Power, Department of Energy and Mineral Resources.

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