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Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is an Indian scientist
and administrator who served as the 11th
President of India.
Full Name : Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen
Born : 15 October 1931
Childhood : Born and raised in
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Education : Physics at the St. Joseph's
Aerospace engineering at
the Madras Institute of
Before his term as President, he worked as
an aerospace engineer with Defense
Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO) and Indian Space Research
Kalam is popularly known as the Missile
Man of India for his work on the
development of ballistic missile and launch
He played a pivotal organizational, technical
and political role in India's Pokhran-II
nuclear tests in 1998.
Some scientific experts have however called
Kalam a man with no authority over nuclear
physics but who just carried on the works of
Homi J. Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai.
He is currently …..
A visiting professor at Indian Institute of
Management Ahmedabad and Indian
Institute of Management Indore.
A Chancellor of the Indian Institute of
Space Science and Technology
A professor of Aerospace Engineering at
Anna University (Chennai), JSS University
An adjunct/visiting faculty at many other
academic and research institutions across
Awards and Honors
Kalam has received several prestigious
awards, including the Bharat Ratna
(1997), India's highest civilian honor.
Padma Bhushan, 1981
Padma Vibhushan, 1990
Indira Gandhi Award for National
Veer Savarkar Award, 1998
IEEE Honorary Membership, 2011
Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space
Technology by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and
Roddam Narasimha; Indian Academy of
India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
by A. P. J Abdul Kalam, Y. S. Rajan; New York,
Wings of Fire: An Autobiography by A. P. J
Abdul Kalam, Arun Tiwari; Universities Press,
Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within
India by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam; Viking, 2002.
The Luminous Sparks by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam;
Punya Publishing Pvt Ltd, 2004.
Mission India by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Paintings
by Manav Gupta; Penguin Books, 2005
Inspiring Thoughts by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam;
Rajpal & Sons, 2007
Kalam advocated plans to develop India into a
developed nation by 2020 in his book India 2020.
Books authored by him have received considerable
demands in South Korea for the translated
Kalam is known for his motivational speeches and
interaction with the student community in India.
He launched his mission for the youth of the
nation in 2011 called the What Can I Give
Movement with a central theme to defeat
corruption in India.
He also has interests in writing Tamil poetry and in
playing veenai, a South Indian string instrument.