(DireTube Obituary, Addis Ababa) — The human brain has a storage capacity of 256 Exabytes or 256 billion GB—the equivalent is 1.2 billion average PC drive, according to data.
Most computational neuroscientists, on their part, tend to estimate human brain's storage capacity somewhere between 10 terabytes and 100 terabytes, though the full spectrum of guesses ranges from 1 terabyte to 2.5 petabytes. (One terabyte is equal to about 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 million megabytes; a petabyte is about 1,000 terabytes.
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When it comes to Ethiopia, we have got numerous influential and notable figures in different fields. Ethiopian Doctor, Engineer and Scientist Kitaw Ejigu was among one of them; he was also the most famous, arch-genius personality, which came just rarely in history.
Kitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian American engineer; he was one of Ethiopia’s first aerospace scientists. With the completion of his studies in the late 1970s, he was interested towards aerospace technology and started working for NASA as a system engineer and space research scientist.
He invented two aerospace mechanisms which patented under NASA’s new technology. He collaborated with other scientists to create space shuttles and rockets that assisted in planetary science research and exploration of planet earth.
Among his greatest achievements while working on space technology incorporates his innovative creations of the Global Positioning System (GPS), and a revolutionary and dynamic flight simulator for the Boeing Company.
He earned the respect of millions of followers due to his visionary leadership and personal accomplishments.
Childhood & Early Life
He was born on February 25, 1948, in Bonga, Keffa, Ethiopia, and received his early education from the Miazia 27th High School in Jimma province.
He attended the ‘Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute’ and received his diploma in 1966 in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Agricultural Technology. After graduation, he worked at the ‘Ethiopian Automotive Services and Sales Company as Chief Technical Advisor and Assistant Manager for two years.
In 1972, he won a scholarship from the Japanese Overseas Technical Association by which he studied automotive engineering at Hiroshima University and language and Japanese Economics at Osaka University.
Later, he moved to the United States and began his intensive research and training and earned an MS/MBA in Business Administration in 1979. Then he completed his Doctorate in Space Vehicle Systems Engineering from Northrop University in California.
While pursuing his academic studies, he worked for different aerospace companies, such as Garret Air Research, and Advanced Bonding Technology Labs; subsequently became interested in Space technology.
In 1977, he hired by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of California Institute of Technology, a NASA research center, in Pasadena, California, where he eventually became the ‘Chief Spacecraft Systems Design Engineer.' Alongside, he also managed a joint NASA/ESA International Solar Polar Mission Spacecraft Systems Interface.
Later, he served as the ‘Space Technology and Systems Research Scientist’ at Boeing and Loral Corp. As a scientist, he was responsible for the definition, design, development, integration, testing, and launching of advanced planetary mission spacecraft and earth-orbiting satellite systems.
In 1986, he joined Rockwell International (builder of the space shuttle orbiter), Space Systems Division. He became a Principal Investigator/Chief Research Engineer for several advanced space systems projects at Rockwell. He also worked as a Project Manager in the Advanced Programs Engineering Department.
He oversaw the development of advanced technologies for Kinetic Energy Weapons Systems in support of the SDI and related programs (ASAT, GBI, E2I, TMD). He also served as a program manager for a Lunar/Mars Micro-Rover research and development effort in support of NASA's future exploration missions.
Later, he turned his attention to Africa and his homeland Ethiopia hoping to introduce technology-based development. He established Trans Tech International, a global technologies service systems which were a privately owned satellite and related systems engineering company. He served as its President/CEO until he passed away.
Before his death, he was planning to work with Tad Worku, the founder of Africa Needs Community Development Corporation. He wanted to utilize his valuable knowledge for the benefit of the people of Africa and the world.
In 1978, while working with other NASA scientists and the Apollo astronaut Buz Aldrin, he invented two aerospace mechanisms, patented under NASA's new technologies programs.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Stella Ejigu, who also became one of his ardent supporters. They have three children, Sarah Abigail, Benyam, and Yared.
On January 7, 2006, he was enjoying with his family in Austin, when he collapsed and hurt himself. The team of neurosurgeons was unable to stop the internal brain hemorrhage, and his condition deteriorated.
He died an hour past midnight on January 13, 2006, four days after he underwent surgery at North Austin Medical Center in Austin Texas. A memorial service was held at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, followed by his burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Covina Hills.
There exists however different hypothesis of his death at home.