The 11th President of India, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is undoubtedly the most loved President of India who made the nation proud with his integrated missile development programme. His favorite job was teaching and he worked for promoting education, so the United Nations declared his birthday as ‘World Student’s Day’ in 2010. He was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameshwaram and while giving a lecture at IIM Shillong, Kalam suddenly collapsed and died from a cardiac attack.
Abdul Kalam spent forty years as a scientist at DRDO and ISRO. He got fame for his missile development efforts so he came to be known as the Missile Man of India. He also played a crucial role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
We can see that his quotes are still shared on social media sites. Being a scientist of global repute, he was respected in the whole world. Kalam visited Switzerland in 2005 after which Switzerland Government declared May 26 as ‘Science Day’ in honor of his visit.
Kalam is the recipient of several awards including Padma Bhushan in 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in 1990. The government of India honored Kalam with Bharat Ratna in 1997 for his contributions to research in the field of science and his work with ISRO and DRDO.
Abdul Kalam was also an author and some of his books are Wings of Fire, My journey, ‘Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India’ and ‘India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium’.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram was inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi on 27 July 2017. The memorial was built by DRDO in memory of the late President whose president tenure was from 2002 to 2007.
Kalam was a jewel of the nation and the world respects him by celebrating his birthday 15 October as World Student’s Day.