Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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The Inspirational Story of "Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam"

Do you who is called the Missile Man of India? It is India’s former President, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, commonly called, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was an Indian aerospace scientist who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007.

Birth: He was born on 15th October 1931 in Tamil Nadu. His family belonged to a very humble economic background. 

Childhood: Through outt his life, Abdul Kalam have always been a bright hardworking student. He graduated in Physics in 1954 and then pursued aerospace engineering from MIT.

Adult Life: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became an aerospace scientist when he joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, after becoming a member of the Defence Research & Development Service. He started his career by designing a small hovercraft.

ISRO: Kalam joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 1969 as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III), which successfully launched the Rohini satellite into near-earth orbit in July 1980.

India’s Missile Man: He was a key figure in India’s civilian space programme as well as military missile development. As a result of his contributions to the development of ballistic missile and vehicle technology, he was known as India’s Missile Man.

Commemoration: In 1998, he also had a key organisational, technical, and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear testing, the first since the country’s first nuclear test in 1974. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

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