Dr: APJ Abdul Kalam:’ The Missile Man’ passed away.
Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when u don’t sleep before fulfilling them – A P J Abdul Kalam .
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007,passed away. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was seen by millions of Indians as the ‘People’s President’, the ‘Missile Man’ who started life as a paperboy. Born in Rameswaram on 15 October 1931, he was brought up by his boatman father Jainulabdeen in a multi-religious environment. Along the way, he discovered his love for Tamil poetry and learned to play the veena. He could recite both the Holy Quran and the Bhagavad Gita.He grew up with seven siblings; his mother Ashimma often made chappatis for him, while the others were given rice, since his day would start at 4 am and end at 11 pm.
He spent his growing years dreaming of conquering the space frontiers on the Arabian Sea. His dreams of the next two decades were mostly conjured up on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, where he test-fired a variety of short-, medium- and long-range conventional and nuclear-capable missiles for India.
His interest in flying led to a degree in aeronautical engineering, and eventually to his supervising the development of India’s guided missile program. He went abroad to study only once, in 1963-’64, to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States.
Kalam spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime and the Secretary of the DRDO from 1992 to 1999. The Pokhran II nuclear tests were conducted during this period.
1981 Padma Bhushan Government of India, 1990 Padma Vibhushan Government of India , 1997 Bharat Ratna Government of India , 1998 Veer Savarkar Award Government of India, 1997 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration ,
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