Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – A BRIEF BIO
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, also called APJ Abdul Kalam, was born on 15th October 1931. He was also regarded as the Missile Man of India. A lifelong scientist studied physics and aerospace engineering, Kalam’s big role in India’s 1998 nuclear weapons tests established him as a national hero.
Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma did not know that their son could grow up to be the first citizen of India.
An Indian scientist and administrator Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He contributed a lot to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He was responsible for many projects, such as Project Devil, Project Valiant and the launch of the Rohini – 1, He also helped to develop missiles under the missions Agni and Prithivi. For this, he was popularly called the “Mission Man of India”.
- In 2002, India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance helped him win the election against the country’s former president, Kocherli Raman Narayanan. In July 2002, Kalam became the 11th President of India, mostly in a ceremonial post. After completing his service as President, Kalam has served as a Visiting Professor in various prestigious institutions and universities in India.
- Among his many accolades, including honorary doctorates from 40 universities, he was granted the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990. He also received the Bharat Ratna in 1997, which is India’s highest civilian award, for his contributions in modernizing government Youth Icon of the year award in 2003 and 2006.
- His four books – “Wings of Fire”, “India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium”, “My Journey” and “Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India” have become a household name in India and as well as abroad. They have also been translated into many Indian languages.
- In his book “India 2020”, Kalam spoke of the importance of transforming India into a knowledge superpower and a developed nation by the year 2020. He regarded his work on India’s nuclear weapons program as a way to become a future superpower.
- Kalam also proposed a research for developing bio-implants. He was a supporter of open source software (i.e. free software) over privately owned software which had to be paid for. He believed that free software brings more people the benefits of Information Technology.
- Dr Kalam was learned in classical Carnatic music and played the veena in his leisure. He wrote poetry in Tamil, his mother tongue. Seventeen of his poems have been translated into English and published in 1994 as a book called as “My Journey”.
- He remained active until the last day of his life. On 27 July 2015, he a schedule of giving a lecture in the Indian Institute of Management at shillong. 5 minutes after he started his speech, he collapsed. Then he was rused into the Bethany Hospital, where it was confirmed that he was dead due to a sudden cardiac arrest. After that his last rites were performed in his native place or hometown, Rameswaram.
Dr. Kalam’s life is an example of how one should lead his/her life. He inspired a nation of 1.2 billion like very few others. His contributions to India are immense, but he led a very simple life.
His life in one sentence would be “Simple Living and High Thinking”.
APJ Abdul Kalam – A True Inspiration for Everyone
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is an inspiration to many. He was a very kindhearted person. We have compiled a few things from his life read it and get inspired!
1. Dr. Kalam left his money to a trust that he found called PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas).
2. Dr. Kalam once requested the officials at the Charles, de Gaulle airport in Paris, to allow a group of scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation to wait in the VIP lounge, even though they had economy class tickets.
3. He dreamt of making the Rashtrapathi Bhawan run solely (fully) on solar energy, becoming the first home in India to do so. He started working on a report proposal for this, but before he could work it out with environmental agencies, his term ended.
4. As President, he once had to go to Thiruvananthapuram to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, where he used to work. While there, he took time off to visit a cobbler, George, and a hotel owner, Parmeshwaran, whom he had known there.
5. It is said that though the Union Cabinet disapproved, Dr. Kalam convinced Indra Gandhi when she was Prime Minister that an advocate missile program was important for India, and she helped fund his projects.
6. While working at the Defense Research & Development Organization, Dr. Kalam’s employee requested to leave work early to take his children to an exhibition. When the employee got caught up in work, Dr. Kalam’s went to take the children instead.
7. The night before he was to go to a college event as a Chief Guest, Dr. Kalam went to the college to see the preparations for the fest and meet the students who were working on it.
8. While working at the Defense Research & Development Organisation, Dr. Kalam rejected the idea of placing broken glass on the walls as a security measure. He said that it would dangerous to birds.
9. During the speech soon after he became a President, the power went out – but Dr. Kalam walked into the crowd and continued his speech without a microphone so that would be no interruption.
10. He once slightly late to an event at IIM Ahmedabad because he was with many children who wanted to take their picture with him and he didn’t refuse.
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