A tribute to

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

(15 october 1931 to 27 july 2015)

who earned the following titles with his outstanding works,simplicity and positivity

Bharat Ratan

Honoured with Barat Ratan - the highest civilian award a indian can get.

Missile Man

The man behind indian's success in launching missiles.

People's President

remained a down-to-earth personality while being the president of india, the first citizen of country.

Early Life and Education

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in the pilgrimage centre of Rameswaram on Pamban Island, then in the Madras Presidency and now in the State of Tamil Nadu. His father Jainulabdeen was a boat owner and imam of a local mosque;his mother Ashiamma was a housewife.

In his school years, Kalam had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn.

Career as a scientist

  • In 1960, Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation
  • In 1969, Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980
  • Between the 1970s and 1990s, Kalam made an effort to develop the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful.
  • Kalam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and Secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation from July 1992 to December 1999. The Pokhran-II nuclear tests were conducted during this period in which he played an intensive political and technological role.


Kalam served as the 11th President of India.His term lasted from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007.

During his term as president, he was affectionately known as the People's President


On 27 July 2015, Kalam travelled to Shillong to deliver a lecture on "Creating a Livable Planet Earth" at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. While climbing a flight of stairs, he experienced some discomfort, but was able to enter the auditorium after a brief rest.At around 6:35 p.m. IST, only five minutes into his lecture, he collapsed.He was rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital in a critical condition; upon arrival, he lacked a pulse or any other signs of life.

His last words, to his aide Srijan Pal Singh, were reportedly: "Funny guy! Are you doing well?"

famous quotes by Dr. Kalam
If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.
Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance.
Dream,dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.
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