Interesting & Little known facts about APJ Abdul Kalam that will make you respect him even more
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Today marks the 89th birth anniversary of India’s ‘Missile Man’ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who was an aerospace engineer, teacher, writer, visionary, scientist, people’s President, Bharat Ratna awardee. Dr APJ Kalam, born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram. ‘Missile Man of India’served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. Kalam has inspired millions through his his philosophy of ‘simple living and high thinking.’ He played a crucial role in the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He was also associated with India’s space program and missile development program.
Named as the ‘Missile Man’ for his contributions towards the developments of India’s missile projects are world famous.
APJ Abdul Kalam was very popular among kids. He often spoke to children and the country’s youth — inspiring them to think big in life; he also penned a number of books
Fact 1 :
He served the country as the 11th President of India from 2002-07. He was India’s first President who was a bachelor and a vegetarian.
Fact 2 :
You will be surprised to know that he received honorary doctorates from 48 universities and institutions from India and abroad.
Fact 3 :
He was responsible for the development and operationalisatio of Agni and Prithvi missiles, which is why he is called the ‘missile man’.
Fact 4 :
Kalam was awarded the coveted civilian awards – Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award in India- Bharat Ratna (1997).
Fact 5 :
For seven years (1992-1999) Kalam remained the Chief Scientific Adviser to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.
Fact 6 :
His autobiography Wings of Fire: An Autobiography was first published in English. Later it was translated into 13 languages including French and Chinese. There are six additional biographies on his life and works.
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Fact 7 :
To support his family, Kalam used to distribute newspapers after his school hours to add to his father’s income.
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