Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam was born in Rameswaram, Tamil Naidu. His full name is Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul kalam. He was born on the 18th of October 1931. APJ Abdul Kalam was a great scientist and he is known as the Missile man of India. He played major roles in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He is the man behind the development of the ballistic missile and missile launch vehicle. He played very important role organizationally, technically and as a politician in the Pokhran-II nuclear test which was conducted in 1998.
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
Dr Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002. He got the support from both the ruling party and the opposition party i.e. from Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC). After NDA nominated Dr Kalam as Presidency Candidate parties like Indian National Congress and Samajwadi Party cancelled their Presidency candidate’s nomination as support to Dr A.P.J Abdul kalam that is why he is also referred as People’s President of India.
“If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning”.
Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam received various awards and honours in his life span. Dr kalam received 7 doctorates of honours from 40 different universities. He was awarded Padma Bhushan from Government of India in 1981 and after that, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan in the year 1990 for his contribution as a scientific advisor for the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Abdul Kalam was awarded India’s highest civilian award i.e. Bharat Ratana for contributing in the field of science enhancement of the Defence Technology in India.
“All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
The Memorial of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam was made in the remembrance of the great scientist, Politian and the person with golden heart Dr Kalam. The memorial is made by DRDO at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. The memorial was inaugurated in July 2017 by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. In the memorial, there is a model of rockets and missiles are set on display at which Abdul Kalam worked on. Lots of acrylic paintings are put on display representing the lifestyle of Dr Kalam. A statue of Dr Kalam is set up at the doorway of the memorial holding Veena in his hand.
A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.
He has written many world-class books like Development in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technologies in 1988, India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium in 1988, Wings of Fire – An Autobiography in 1999, Ignited Minds – Unleashing the Power within India in 2002, The Luminous Sparks in 2004, Mission India in 2005 and many more books that have set a milestone in the world.
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.
Various Biographies and documentaries are made on the life of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam like Eternal Quest – Life and Times of Dr Kalam by S Chandra in 2002, President A P J Abdul Kalam by R K Pruthi in 2002, A.P.J Abdul Kalam – The Visionary of India by K Bhushan and G Katyal in 2002, My Days With Mahatma Abdul kalam by Fr A K George in 2009, A Little Dream a documentary film by P Dhanapal in 2008.
Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam died on the 27th of July 2015 at the age of 83. He travelled to Shillong for giving a lecture on “Creating a Livable Planet Earth” at Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. While delivering the lecture he felt discomfort and he was urgently taken to the intensive care unit and after some, he died due to Cardiac Arrest.
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