Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was born in a Tamil Muslim family on 15th October 1931 at Rameshwaram. His full name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. Kalam’s father Jainulabudeen was an Imam in a Mosque and was an owner of the ship. His mother Ashiamma was a housewife. He had three big brothers and one sister. He was known for his simple life. He had never purchased a T.V. and he used to wake early between 6:30-7:00 am and sleep at 2:00 am. Spirituality and religion were very important to him and also he had written a book name Transcendence.
Kalam’s ancestors were very rich and they had many acres of land but after the construction of the pamban bridge their occupation got destroyed and slowly all their wealth and land got finish. Till Kalam’s birth, they had become poor and Kalam had to go to sell Newspaper at a very small age.
At school, he got average marks but teachers always tag him as a hardworking and wonderful student. He was always interested in studying and spent long hours in mathematics. After completing his high secondary from Schwartz higher secondary school, he took admission at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli where he became the physics graduate in 1954. He went to Madras in 1955 and took admission to Aerospace Engineering at Madras Institute of Technology.Click Here To Check Out Great Offers On Power Banks From Amazon
Kalam was keen to join the Indian Air force but he lost the chance by one position. After completing his studies from Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, he joined Aeronautical Development Establishment as a Scientist. He started his career from hovercraft design. He was also the part of the Incospar Committee where he worked under Vikram Sarabhai. In 1969 Kalam was transferred to ISRO where he was project director of India’s First launch vehicle SLV3. After this, Kalam alone had started working on an expandable rocket project but in 1969, the Indian Government approved his project and said to make a team on his project. In 1963, he also went to NASA. Raja Ramanna had called him to see India’s first Parmanu Parikshan – Smiling Budha. Kalam had also worked on Project Devil and Project Valiant and made ballistic missiles in these projects. Union Cabinet had not approved Kalam’s project even then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi gave him money secretly so that his aerospace project got completed. Then Kalam informed Union Cabinet about his secret projects and explained to them its importance which made Kalam very popular. That’ why the Indian Government asked him to start high-level Missile programs. Since he was involved in so many Missile programs, that’s why he is honored by the title “The Missile Man of India”.Click Here To Check Out Great Offers On Kids Toys
Kalam had contributed a lot in the making of Agni Missile and Prithvi Missile. He was the Chief Scientific Advisor from 1992-1999 and during this, he also has done two Nuclear Parikshan that made him popular in Media. On 10th June 2002, NDA Government had nominated Kalam as President and become India’s 11th President. Kalam was also awarded Bharat Ratan, Padam Vibhushan and Padam Bhushan. After that, he becomes the Visiting Professor of IIM Indore, Shillong and Ahmedabad. He also becomes Chancellor of IISc Thirupampuram and an aerospace Engineering professor at Anna University and joined many institutes. He also made a program named “ What can I Give Movement” for the India army in 2012. The motive of this program was to curb Corruption. Kalam also wrote many popular books like India 2020, Wings of fire, Ignited minds, etc. On 27th July 2015, Kalam went to Shillong to deliver a lecture on Creating a Livable Planet Earth, at IIM Shillong. After 5 minutes of the lecture, he fell on the floor and was taken to Bethany hospital where he left us for heavenly abode. His last words were to Shri Janan Pal Singh “Funny Guy! Are you doing well?”. Dr. Abdul Kalam is a great inspiration for the youth.
~ With Huge Respect ~