A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in India Died: 27 July 2015, Shillong. An Indian administrator and scientist, Kalam became 11th President of India. Kalam was born and brought up in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. He completed his schooling at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli, and later joined aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of technology. Before serving his tenure as a President of India, he was working as an Aerospace engineer with the Indian Space research organization (ISRO)and DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization). Kalam is popularly known to people as the name Missile Man of India. He is called missile man because he mainly worked on the launch vehicle and ballistic missile technology.
In the year 1998, he played a political, technical and pivotal organizational role in India’s nuclear test Pokhran-II. In 2002, Kalam was elected as President of India, defeating Lakshmi Sahgal. Even now, he is a regular visitor to Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management Shillong, honorary fellow of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, a professor of Aerospace Engineering at Chennai’s Anna university, JSS University (Mysore), Chancellor of Indian Institute of Space Science and technology.
Awards and achievements of Abdul Kalam
Abdul Kalam has received honorary doctorates from more than 30 Universities globally. In 1981, the Indian government presented him the highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna in 1997. He mainly aimed at inspiring the youths so he has authored many inspirational and influential books. Some of the books he has authored include India 2020 which is appreciated and read widely, Mission India and Ignited Minds. India 2020 is a book which highlights the achievement plans that helps in developing the country. In 2011, Kalam launched his own mission for the nation’s youth called “What Can I Give Movement” with the aim of defeating corruption in India.