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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:


  1. His whole life is an inspiration ... The quotes are so motivating, urging us to strive for success.

  2. he was such an inspirational man, sad we lost him and didnt see him as the president once again!


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