A.P.J Abdul Kalam (The Missile Man of India) Story, Bio, Quotes, Awards, Books, Education, Images

Former President of India, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was hailed as an Indian scientist who served the President’s term from 2002 to 2007. He studied aerospace engineering and physics and his last four decades were spent as an administrator of science.

He was also hailed as the ‘Missile Man of India’ because of his tremendous effort in missile development. He was bestowed with many prestigious honours among which Bharat Ratna is also included.

Full Name : Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Born : 15th-Oct -1931
Birth Place : Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Education : St. Joseph’s College Tiruchirappalli , Madras Institute of Technology Chennai
Occupation : Scientist , Author , Professor

Latest Update:

Today is the 88th birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former Indian President and recipient of Bharat Ratna award. His full name is Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam and he was an aerospace scientist. He was India’s 11th President, who served from 2002 to 2007, and was widely referred to as the people’s President besides being credited for India’s civilian space programme and military missile systems. His contribution towards the field of space sciences has been immense and for this reason, he is also fondly called the “Missile Man”. Wishes have poured in for the respected leader on social media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the first leaders to pay tribute on APJ Abdul Kalam birthday, shared a short clip of the veteran leader, author and motivational speaker, and wrote, “India salutes Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ji on his Jayanti.” Every year October 15th is celebrated as World Students’ Day in his honour.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Quotes

APJ Abdul Kalam Inspirational, Motivational Quotes By Former President Of India

“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”
– APJ Abdul Kalam

“We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.”
– APJ Abdul Kalam

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

– APJ Abdul Kalam

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

– APJ Abdul Kalam

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
– APJ Abdul Kalam

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
– APJ Abdul Kalam

“Failure will never overtake me if my definition to success.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

“Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

“The best brains of the nations may be found on the last benches.”
– APJ Abdul Kalam

“If you fail, never give up because FAIL means ‘First Attempt In Learning.”

– Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to those who dream and and work.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is universe is friendly to us and conspires only to those who dream and work.”

– Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Early life

A.P.J Abdul Kalam (15th October 1931- 27 July 2015) born in Rameswaram into a Tamil Muslim family in Tamil Nadu itself. He came from a humble background where his father, a boat owner and mother, a housewife brought him up. He used to distribute newspaper after the completion of his school so that he could support his father. What he had was a yearning to learn more. He was in Ramanathapuram Schwartz Matriculation School and later he went to Saint Joseph’s College from where he became a physics graduate. In 1955 he went to Madras to pursue his studies further in Madras.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Career As a Scientist

Abdul Kaleem Career As a Scientist

For the Indian army, A.P.J Abdul Kalam designed a mini helicopter. Major breakthrough came when he was transferred to ISRO catering to the project of SLV-III. Being the representative of TBRL, he acted as the representative of Smiling Buddha which was the first nuclear test to be conducted. In 1980s, his extensive research work and development brought many accolades and laurel to his name. From July 1992 onwards he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister. His role in the field of technological and political field is remarkable during the nuclear tests of Pokhran-II.

Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Career as the President of India

Career as the President of India

A.P.J Abdul Kalam won the election of President in 2002 by surpassing mammoth votes. His term as President was from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007. He was backed by the parties of National Congress and Samajwadi Party. It was an easy victory for him and he became the 11th President of India. He received the highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna and the third person to do so. Occupying the seat of Rashtrapati Bhavan he was indeed the first bachelor and the first scientist as well. However, in 2012 he declined for the role of President for the second term.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Fondness for Education and Students

After retiring from the post of scientific adviser in 1999, his main mission was to interact with as many as 100,000 students. He felt the joy in meeting with the youth of the country particularly the high school students. He found a way to ignite their mind for the development of India.

Excellence is a Continuous Process and not an Accident.” – Abdul Kalam

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Death

He was delivering a lecture on 27th July 2015 at IIM Shillong where at 6:30 pm he suffered a heart attack massively and critical his condition was, he was shifted to Bethany Hospital where thereafter, he died of cardiac arrest.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Awards

2014: Doctor of Science Edinburgh University

2013: Von Braun from the National Space Society

2012: Doctor of Laws Simon Fraser University

2011: IEEE Honorary Membership IEEE

2009: Hoover Medal ASME Foundation, USA

2008: Doctor of Engineering Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2007: King Charles II Medal from Royal Society, UK

2007: Doctorate of Science from University of Wolverhampton, UK

2000: Ramanujan Award from Alwars Research Centre, Chennai

1998: Veer Savarkar Award from Government of India

1997: Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration from Indian National Congress

1997: Bharat Ratna from Government of India

1990: Padma Vibhushan from Government of India

1981: Padma Bhushan from Government of India



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