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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Early Life
Abdul Kalam

  Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu   Father – Jainulabdeen ; Mother – Ashiamma   He had a secured childhood both materially and emotionally.   Kalam is a strict disciplarinian, a complete vegetarian and teetotaler   Dr. Kalam went to Schwartz High School at Ramanathapuram   After completing his BSc from St. Joseph’s college Trichy, he joined the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), for studying Aeronautical Engineering.   From MIT, he went to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Bangalore as a trainee.

Kalam on Wings of Fire
Abdul Kalam

  Dr. Kalam joined the Technical Centre (Civil Aviation) of the DTD&P (Air) as Senior Scientific Assistant on a basic salary of Rs. 250/-.   Later, he joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). And thus Kalam started his much talked about career in rocket and missile technology.   "Missile Man of India" was the Project Director of India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III).   Kalam played an important role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

Fruits of Hard Work
Abdul Kalam

  Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions.   Dr. Kalam has received a host of awards both in India and abroad.   He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981,   Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the   Bharat Ratna in 1997.

Peoples’ President
Abdul Kalam

  APJ. Abdul Kalam, was the eleventh President of India, serving from 2002 to 2007   During his term as The President, he was popularly known as the People's President, and voted "India's Best President".   In India he is highly respected as a scientist and as an engineer.   It is very significant that he is the first scientist to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhavan.   “He is a man, who has taken unto...
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