President; who is known as APJ Abdul Kalam, in short. He was involved in India’s civilian space and military missile development programmes and hence he is known as, “The Missile Man of India.” Kalam was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister Mr. He received the Bharat Ratna or the highest civilian award in 1997, the Padma Bhushan which is the third highest civilian award in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in 1990.
He studied aerospace engineering, later on he completed his Ph D and became a scientist.
Abdul Kalam’s father was a boat owner who ferried Hindu pilgrims from the famous Rameswaram temple in Tamil Nadu to Dhanushkodi. Jainulabdeen was also an imam in the local mosque, this is how he earned his living for his family. He graduated from Madras University with physics as his main subject, he wanted to be a fighter pilot.
This is how the feeling of secularism and equality was inculcated in him. Abdul Kalam’s teachers remember him as being not a very studious student, but very hardworking.
The situation was explosive, any talk would boomerang on him.
His wife asked him would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry. Kalam came here at 5.15 PM and has taken the children to the exhibition.Two real incidents will tell you the story behind his humanity & simplicity.1) He visited as a guest of honor at IIT Varanasi for a degree convocation, when he enters into convocation stage, he noticed that his chair was larger to those of the other dignitaries.He is one of the top scientists in India, a sharp thinker, a youth iconic personality.We all know him for his simplicity, intelligence, love for children, and his contributions in the field of science & technology.In fact, he came from a poor family background and started earning at an early age to supplement his family’s income by sell newspapers at the age of eight.During his college he could not able to pay the fees and his sister mortgaged her gold bangles, to get the money for paying admission fees.After his successful studies, he joined at Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), as a scientist. He received many honor from the Government of India with the Padma Bhushanin (1981) and the Padma Vibhushanin (1990) for his work with Indian space research organization and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. Abdul Kalam has received India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, for his immensely precious contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defense technology in India.In 2003 and in 2006 he was nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year award. Abdul Kalam addressing the South Korean Parliament in Seoul on February 8, 2006.He was rushed to Bethania Hospital in a critical condition and was placed in the intensive care unit, but was confirmed dead of a massive cardiac arrest.United Nations decided to mark the importance of India’s former President and great scientist APJ Abdul Kalam and declared his birthday, October 15as ‘World Students Day’.