The boatowner’s son who sold newspapers; ran the country, continues to inspire & motivate the world with his intellect & spirit!

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (born 15 October 1931) is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Before his term as President, he worked as an Aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.  Kalam was elected the President of India in 2002. He was also the first scientist and the first bachelor to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year award in 2003 and in 2006. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognised as World Student’s Day by United Nations. He has also received honorary doctorates from 40 universities. In 2005, Switzerland declared 26 May as science day to commemorate Kalam’s visit in the country. Read more…


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