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Ojairi, a pioneer with a passion for knowledge that inspires generations

Ahmad Jable

Kuwait: Kuwait’s most prolific, famous and acclaimed astronomer, Saleh al-Ojairi, died yesterday. He was 101 years old. Ojairi has left an unparalleled scientific heritage in Kuwait and its regions, contributed to astronomy, meteorology, mathematics and other disciplines, and served as the primary source of knowledge and reference for professional and amateur generations. rice field.

Ojairi is known for introducing astronomy and meteorology to Kuwait. Kuwait built the country’s first observatory in the early 1970s. The Ojairi calendar, first published in 1952, is considered to be Kuwait’s most authentic and used calendar for tracking dates and prayer times. He also has several publications, research papers, and a library named after him. A beloved person, Kuwait, was one of its pioneers and lost in Ojayri a man who was considered by many to be the Godfather of Kuwait and the Gulf of Science.

The beginning

Born June 23, 1920 in the Qibla district of Kuwait City, Ojairi received primary education in Kutubab before moving to his father’s school, which was founded in the late 1920s. After that, Ojairi enrolled in Kuwait’s first public school. The Mubarakiya School where his genius was revealed to a teacher who noticed his excellent skills in mathematics far above the average of his age. After graduating, he worked as a teacher at schools in Sharkya and Ahmadiyya, and one of his most famous students was the late Amir Shake Saba Al Ahmad Al Javert Al Saba.

Ojairi’s love for astronomy began at an early age. As a child, he was afraid of natural phenomena such as lightning and lightning. But when his family explained to him how those events happened, his fears quickly turned into curiosity. Recognizing his willingness to learn, his father decided to send him to the desert and spend a short time with the Bedouins to learn their lifestyle and skills such as shooting and horse riding. Under the starry sky of the desert, Ojairi’s curiosity turned into his lifelong passion for astronomy.

At the age of 18, Ojairi was already an avid reader when he found a book that would change his life forever. “Al Manaheg al-Hamedia” by Egyptian writer and astronomer Geis Abdul Hamid Morsi. Enthusiastic about this book, Ojairi decided to travel to Egypt and meet the author in person. This was the first real step in his journey to knowledge. In Egypt, Ojairi also met the famous astronomer Abdul Fattawaheed, who taught him the basics of astronomy. After that, he went to Cairo, studied at Kingfad University (now Cairo University), and earned a bachelor’s degree in astronomy. He later went to the oldest and most important Helwan Observatory in the Arab world and learned from famous scholars, including Abdulhamid Samaha. Finally, the Egyptian Astronomy Association gave Ojairi a certificate of astronomy, in appreciation of his publications and scientific research.

Passion for knowledge

Ojairi’s journey would not have arrived without adversity. Adversity was overcome by passion, dedication, diligence, and patience. This is his trademark that inspired generations. His journey had to wait until the end of World War II. Still, there was little intercountry transport. However, he still chose to travel to Egypt, inspired by his endless desire for knowledge.

In an interview with the Kuwait Times published in 2015, Ojairi talks about how he got to Cairo to meet his favorite writer. “I traveled to Egypt to meet a writer who exploded my brain with questions,” he said. “At that time, there were no buses or planes, so I went to Egypt by land. I traveled from Kuwait to Basra, then to Beirut, Alexandria, and finally to Cairo.”

“I met a writer who welcomed me and taught me a lot, but he kept important books away from me. I wanted to read them with them.” Ojairi explained later. Death and his widow gave him a book as a gift.

Ojairi had several astronomical publications throughout his illustrious career, but they are of great value in libraries in the Arab world. In 1952, Ojairi released a calendar bearing his name, and since then Kuwait has adopted it as the official calendar for the state. Many of the astronomical equipment and tools at the Ojairi Observatory were brought in by Ojairi himself from the United States and the United Kingdom at his own expense. Ojairi received an honorary doctorate from Kuwait University in 1981, and the Gulf Cooperation Council awarded the highest honor in scientific research in 1988.

Ojairi’s endless passion for knowledge and endless willingness to learn more has earned the love, respect and gratitude of all the people of Kuwait who are considered national heroes and role models. .. The name Ojairi is synonymous with national science, home to Kuwait University, founded in 1966, one of the first universities in the Gulf. His journey has urged many in Kuwait and the Arab world to follow in his footsteps, but his legacy will undoubtedly continue. We will continue to inspire science enthusiasts for future generations.

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