27 Jul A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Some Amazing Facts with Unseen Photos A Tribute
Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club.
Kalam Sir served as the 11th President of India from 2002 until 2007. One amongst the most respected people of the country, Kalam Sir had contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president. His contribution at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been immense. He was responsible for numerous projects such as Project Devil and Project Valiant besides developing missiles under the missions Agni and Prithvi. For the same, he has been popularly tagged as the “Missile Man of India”. Kalam Sir has been honored with great laurels and awards for his work by both the Government of India and other countries.
Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting high school students across the country.
In his literary pursuit four of Dr. Kalam’s Sir’s books – “Wings of Fire”, “India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium”, “My journey” and “Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India” have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have been translated in many Indian languages.
Awards & Achievements
Kalam is the proud recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna awards from the Government of India. He received the same in the years 1981, 1990 and 1997, respectively.
In 1997, he was honored by the Government of India with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.
Later, the next year, he was awarded the Veer Savarkar Award by the Government of India.
The Alwars Research Centre, Chennai bestowed Kalam with the Ramanujan Award in the year 2000.
Kalam was honored with the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K in 2007.
The California Institute of Technology, U.S.A presented Kalam with the International von Kármán Wings Award in the year 2009. Same year, he won the Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA.
The IEEE honored Kalam with IEEE Honorary Membership in 2011.
Kalam is the proud recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities.
In addition to this, Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognised as World Students’ Day by United Nations.
He was nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year award in 2003 and in 2006.
Many of you would not know that Kalam Sir also played Rudra Veena
We have lost one of the most loved President’s Of India ..
Hope we can emulate him and be just 10 percent of what he was ..
Proud of him …
You will always stay in our hearts Sir and surely one of the greatest Presidents ..
A man of the masses..