In the U.S. on the first lap of an exploration that will take him to Canada, Switzerland, Italy, West Germany and later on to Russia and Red China: Sukarno* (no first name), first President of the new Republic of Indonesia.

Early Years. Born June 6, 1901 in Surabaya, East Java, to a Balinese mother, Javanese father, who taught school for a living. Although few natives learned to read under the Dutch, received a rare civil engineer degree at Bandung Technical Institute, entitling him to precede his name by Ir. (Dutch contraction for engineer). But Ir. Sukarno built little, instead bent himself to...

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