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August 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm  1,637 views

10 things you should know about APJ Abdul Kalam

in: Technology

Dr. KalamDr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India, from 2002 to 2007. Before holding this position he was an aeronautical engineer with DRDO and ISRO. Due to his great contributions in the field of missile and aerospace technologies, he is popularly known as the Missile Man of India. He played major role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. He is also the author of the some of the best-sellers like Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India and India 2020. He always talks about his vision of transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. He also supports India’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.

In the 3,000-year history of India, barring 600 years, the country has been ruled by others. If you need development, the country should witness peace and peace is ensured by strength. Missiles were developed to strengthen the country.

Today I have compiled 10 points that you should know about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

  • His father was a devout Muslim who used to rent out boats to local fishermen and was also good friend of Hindu religious leaders and the school teachers at Rameshwaram.
  • Dr. Kalam is a scholar of Thirukkural (a classic of couplets or Kurals). In most of his speeches, he quotes at least one kural.
  • He has written many inspirational books, like Wings of Fire which aims at motivating Indian youth. “Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life” reveals his spiritual side. He is also a poet. He has written some poems in Tamil also.
  • He graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering. He was Project Director at DRDO, where he played major role in the development of India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III).
  • He was also chief executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme(IGMDP), where he was involved in developing many missiles of India including “Agni” and “Prithvi”.

APJ Abdul Kalam

  • He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (July 1992 to December 1999). Pokhran-2 nuclear tests were conducted under his leadership.
  • He believes in multiple uses of technologies. He used the light weight carbon-compound material designed for Agni to make callipers for the polio affected. This carbon composite material reduced the weight of the calipers to 400 grams (from its original weight of 4kgs.)
  • On Wednesday April 29, 2009, he became the first Asian to be bestowed the Hoover Medal, America’s top engineering prize, for his outstanding contribution to public service. He has also received honorary doctorates from more than 30 universities, including the Carnegie Mellon University of United States.
  • The Government of India has honoured him with the nation’s highest civilian honours: the Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the Bharat Ratna (1997) for his contribution in ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government of India.
  • Kalam is the third President of India to have been honoured with a Bharat Ratna before being elected to the chair of President. He is also the first scientist and first unmarried person to become the President of India.
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  • 1

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    Vijay pal on August 24th, 2009
  • 2

    Abdul Kalam is a co conspirator in the murder of 50000 tamils in EELAM

    palpitator on April 22nd, 2010
  • 3

    i m proud for our missile man, bec. when he don’t saw a dream for india. so today i think world is not say “india is going to technology”. all world know we have a power. and so i respect to mr. kalam.
    i salute him…..JAI HIND….

    PRAGNESH PATANWADIA on December 15th, 2010
  • 4

    hi,
    i am very proud to say that ABDULKALAM was a great man of not only India but he is a very great person of all over India. i salute him.

    cute sasi on February 1st, 2011
  • 5

    m ur big fan …..nd ur inspire me……….

    juggy singh on August 23rd, 2012
  • 6

    i am a fan of Dr Abdul Kalam. I like his ideas a lot. Thanks for the information.

    samvatsar on October 12th, 2012