A.P.J Abdul Kalam Biography:
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam popularly known as A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Missile Man of India is one of the most respected personalities ever born in India. He was an Aerospace Scientist and has worked on some major projects for India and along with that he also served as an 11th President of India and under. In this journey from a student to an extremely talented and knowledgable scientist to the president of India, e inspired millions of people through his hard work and dedication. He wrote several books, theories, and quotes that are still inspiring millions of youth every day. So let’s begin with “A.P.J Abdul kalam Biography“
He was born on 15th October 1931 in a Tamil Muslim family, in his school days he was considered as an average student who likes chilling with his friends but at the same time, he was very hardworking who had a strong desire to learn and grasp new things. He acquired his physics degree of graduation from Madras University and after that, he moved to Madras Institute of Technology to study aerospace engineering. During his study at MIT, he impressed the dean of his college by presenting a wonderful project but unfortunately, he missed his dream of becoming a fighter pilot as there were only 8 slots available and he was 9th in the list. He has mentioned this incident in one of his books “My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions”.
Career as a scientist
After graduating from Madras Institute of Technology he joined 2 government research organizations Aeronautical Development Establishment and Defence Research and Development Organisation. He started his journey by building a small hovercraft but was not satisfied with his job and was looking for something big. In 1969, he was transferred to ISRO as a project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle which was successfully completed under his guidance. This gives him a very big push upon his career.
Later Kalam was invited to witness the countries first nuclear test although he was not even a part of the team. Later he worked on several missiles and was able to convince the cabinet to push up funds for these aerospace projects of the country. After that, he worked on the project worth Rs 3.38 Billion named as Integrated Guided Missile Development program and looked upon the whole project as a chief executive.
Kalam sir served as the 11th President of the country, he won the 2002 presential elections and starts his 5-year tenure from 25th July 2002. He was popularly referred to as people’s president due to his humble and down to earth nature. Even after becoming president he generally took part in public conferences where he used to talk to civilians and students. He loved to talk to children and listening to their ideas and thoughts. During his presidentship, he took several bold and controversial decisions that were necessary for the country. He was one of the recipients of Bharat Ratan which is considered as the highest civilian honor for any resident.
He didn’t stop even after serving for so many years, he started his work as a visiting professor in various top IIM’s and Aerospace Engineering professor at Anna University. This was his way to connect with the young blood of India. In 2011 he launched a separate program for the youth of India called WHAT CAN I GIVE MOVEMENT for providing the right direction for the youth of the country.
On the 27th of July 2015 this legendary personality left our country, he was going to deliver his lecture at Shillong where he felt some discomfort, and in the evening around at 6:45, he died. India can never forget the contribution of such a talented scientist, he will remain in our hearts forever.