Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Death Anniversary

The 11th President of India

APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Death Anniversary, The 11th President of India, From selling newspapers as a child in Rameswaram to becoming the President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam’s life and contributions were nothing short of legendary.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam also known as Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. He was born in Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He was known as the Missile Man of India for his important role in the nation’s civilian space programme and military missile development. Also, in 1998, he made significant contributions to India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests.

APJ Abdul Kalam, becoming a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force was the “dearest dream” which he failed to realise by a whisker. He was on the ninth spot on the list among 25 candidates and was not recruited as there were only eight openings.

He was the 11th president of India and elected against Lakshmi Sehgal in 2002. Before becoming the President of India, he worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer.

APJ Abdul Kalam never owned a television. His personal possessions included his books, a veena, some articles of clothing, a CD player and a laptop. He was an avid reader and used to read books on cosmology and celestial bodies.

Kalam also visited NASA in 1963 after which he went on to develop Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful. He was known as the ‘Missile Man’ of India due to his continued, successful work with ballistic missiles and launch vehicle technology.

West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee was the first to tweet, Solemnly and very fondly remembering former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary.

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