Profile of The Missile Man of India: Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Personal profile:

Full Name: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam

Birth: 15th October 1931, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu (India).
Death: 27th July 2015 (aged 83), Shillong, Meghalaya (India)
Religion: Islam
Education: St. Joseph's college, Tiruchirappalli
                  Madras Institute of Technology
Profession:  Aerospace Scientist, Professor, Author
   1. Bharat Ratna, 1997
   2. Padma Vibhushan, 1990
   3. Padma Bhushan, 1981

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam was the 11th president of India.

In office: 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007
Preceded by: K R Narayan
Succeeded by: Pratibha Patil
Prime Ministers, worked with: 1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 
                                                  2. Dr. Manmohan Singh

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam was the first President:

  • to fly a Sukhoi fighter jet.
  • who sailed in Submarine
  • to visit high-altitude Siachen besides LOC
  • Address the Indian Science Congress in 90 years.
  • Write a number of books. His main source of Income was the royalty of books he authored.
  • Who owned no TV, AC or a car but 2500 books, a veena, few clothes and two pairs of shoes.
  • He was vegetarian all his life.
  • Received honorary doctorate from 30 universities and institutions.
  • Designed a hovercraft; developed Kalam-Raju coronary (Low cost), 1998 and created Kalam-Raju Tablet device (2012).

Scientific Contributions:

1. Project Director of India's first satellite Launch vehicle (SLV-III) 

2. Chief scientific advisor to the Prime minister
3. Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organization DRDO (1992 to 1999)
4. Chief project coordinator during the testing phase of the Pokhran-II nuclear tests.
5. The chief executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme; Development of ballistic missiles (project Devil & project Valiant) and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles.

Noted Books:

  • Wings of Fire.
  • India 2020: A vision for the New Millennium
  • Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India
  • The Luminous Sparks
  • Advantage India: From Challenge to Opportunity
  • Inspiring Thoughts
  • Turning Points: A journey through challenges 

Quotes of Dr.  A P J Abdul Kalam: