Pantur Silaban


August 12, 2022

Prof. Pantur Silaban, Ph.D. (11 November 1937 – 1 August 2022) was an Indonesian academic and physicist. He last served as Professor in the High Energy Theoretical Physics Expertise Group at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Bandung Institute of Technology.


Pantur Silaban has been a professor of physics at the Bandung Institute of Technology since January 1995. He is known as the first physicist in Indonesia (even Southeast Asia) to study relativity theory, especially general relativity. In 1967, 3 years after being appointed to the teaching staff of Physics (1964), Pantur Silaban left for the United States to study general relativity and he was accepted into the Syracuse University gravity study center Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. directly under the guidance of Peter Gabriel Bergmann and Joshua N. Goldberg. There Pantur Silaban entered the hottest issue, namely marrying Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity to develop the Quantum Theory of Gravity. That is Albert Einstein's famous dream, namely to combine the four interactions that exist in the universe in one formulation that he failed to obtain until the end of his life: the Grand Unified Theory. This work was completed with a dissertation entitled "Null Tetrad, Formulation of the Equation of Motion in General Relativity" in 1971. After returning to Indonesia, Pantur Silaban became the first person in Indonesia to study Einstein's relativity to doctoral level. Some of his research was published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation. Many of his papers have been published in various proceedings. The senior, Prof. Achmad Baiquni (deceased), always mentions Pantur Silaban's name as an authority when he mentions Einstein's name and has been invited several times as a speaker at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, which was founded by the Nobel Prize in Physics, Abdus Salam. Pantur Silaban always pays attention to indications of the success of the Quantum Gravity Theory until now. In his family circle he cut down folklore, "bamboo shoots not far from the clump". Her four daughters, the fruit of marriage with Rugun Lumbantoruan, are graduates from state universities. Anna Silaban graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Padjadjaran University; Ruth Silaban, a neurologist who graduated from Padjadjaran University; Sarah Silaban graduated from Civil Engineering Bandung Institute of Technology and master's degree at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; and the youngest Mary Silaban is a graduate of Geological Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology.


For Pantur Silaban's contribution to the world of science, especially physics, the Freedom Institute - Center of Democracy, Nationalism, and Market Economy Studies awarded him the Achmad Bakrie Award in 2009.

External links

(Indonesia) "Prof. Dr. Pantur Silaban: The First Indonesian Physicist to Study Einstein's Theory" (Sinar Harapan) Archived 2005-11-02 at the Wayback Machine. (Indonesia) "Further with Pantur Silaban" (KOMPAS) by Solomon Simanungkalit (Indonesia) "Einstein's Grandson is now Retiring" (KOMPAS) by Solomon Simanungkalit (Indonesia) "Pantur Silaban - From Snellius to Einstein" (TATAP) by P. Hasudungan Sirait & Nabisuk Naipospos (Indonesia) Articles about Pantur Silaban