Contributions and Achievements of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – An Extra Ordinary Man and a People’s President

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Popularly known as the ‘Missile Man‘ of India, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from a humble background to become, as we know him as, the ‘People’s President’ (11th President of India) who inspired all, especially the young. While delivering a lecture in IIM Shillong on the evening of 27th July 2015, he collapsed due to a cardiac arrest and our nation suffered a tremendous loss in the form of his demise.

From a nuclear scientist to a professor, from a great humanitarian to an inspirational and visionary speaker, Dr. Kalam was an ideal motivational figure to look at. His contributions to the nation as a scientist, president and a stimulating figure are beyond words.

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  • Joined Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist (1960)

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  • Moved to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as Project Director of the first Indian indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV)

  • Directed India’s first sounding missile Rohini – 1 was launched into the space using SLV rocket

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  • Directed two major projects: Project Devil and Project Valiant (1970s)

  • Worked as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of DRDO (1992 to 1999).

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During this period he led the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in association with the Department of Atomic Energy, making India a Nuclear Weapon State.

  • Developed a cost-effective coronary stent, called Kalam-Raju Stent along with a cardiologist Dr Soma Raju (1998)

  • Served the nation as the 11th President (between 2002 and 2007)

  • Played a crucial role in the development of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and their operation.

  • In his literary pursuit, he authored four inspirational and influencing books: Wings of Fire (1999), Ignited Minds (2002), Guiding Souls – Dialogues on the Purpose of Life (2005) and My Journey – Transforming Dreams into Actions (2013).

  • In order to defeat the widespread evil of corruption, Dr. Kalam announced his movement called ‘What Can I Give?’ in 2011. This movement also covered a wide range of social, ethical and environmental issues of vital importance.

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This icon of simplicity was also a Veena player and was inevitably filled with energy.


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  • Proud recipient of Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997)

  • Honoured with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration (1997)

  • Awarded the Veer Savarkar Award by the Government of India (1998)

  • Bestowed with Ramanujan Award by Alwars Research Centre, Chennai (2000)

  • Switzerland observed Dr. Kalam’s visit to their country (on 26th May) as Science day (2005)

  • Honoured with King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K (2007)

  • Presented with International von Karman Wings Award by California Institute of Technology, U.S.A (2009)

  • Won Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA (2009)

  • Proud recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities

  • His 79th birthday is recognised as the World Student’s Day by United Nations

  • Received the ‘MTV Youth Icon of the Year’ award in 2003 and in 2006

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Although the missing place of Dr. Kalam can never get filled, but his words of immense wisdom will be with us forever and inspire us to add value to the world.

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