Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday is celebrated today. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. His student life was very difficult, filled with difficulties and struggles. There was a time when he had to sell newspapers door to door to support his family and his education. Dr APJ Adbul Kalam’s commitment and love for education has been such that he overcame all difficulties and achieved excellence not only in academics; but also held the highest constitutional office in India. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will remain an inspiration and a role model for generations to come.
APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday: discover the 10 great achievements of Indian “ Missile Man ”
- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has directed several nuclear tests at Pokhran. As Chief Scientific Advisor to the then Prime Minister, Dr Kalam played a major role in directing the Pokhran-II nuclear tests
- Nuclear tests under the supervision of Dr Kalam, from July 1992 to December 1999, made India a nuclear power.
- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam headed India’s two main scientific research organizations – Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
- Dr Kalam is recognized for his pioneering work in the development and operationalization of “ indigenous guided missiles ” – AGNI and PRITHVI
- For his work on AGNI and PRITHVI, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was affectionately known as “India’s Missile Man”.
- Dr Kalam led the development project for the first satellite launch vehicle (SLV) in India
- Dr Kalam has worked for over 10 years as a project manager for the development of the indigenous satellite launch vehicle at ISRO
- In July 1980, under the leadership of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, India’s SLV-III successfully deployed the Rohini satellite to near Earth orbit, making India a member of the exclusive space club
- Dr Kalam has led projects for ballistic missile development from India. He led the Devil and Valiant projects, for the development of ballistic missiles using the technology behind the successful SLV program.
- APJ Abdul Kalam has made enormous contributions to the health sector. He worked hard to make health care accessible to everyone. Dr Kalam worked with cardiologist Soma Raju and developed a low cost coronary stent, the “ Kalam-Raju Stent ”
Dr Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015, while giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong.