A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, ‘People’s President’ and ‘Missile Man’ lost life while delivering lecture [ Current Affairs ]
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man who became popular as ‘People’s President’ died on Monday evening after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong. HRD minister Smriti Irani says Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan will be renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan.
About A.P.J Abdul Kalam:
- Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A.P.J) Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu.
- He studied physics and aerospace engineering.
- He was the 11th President of India in 2002 to 2007.
- He works for four decades as a scientist and science administrator at the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
History behind the name Missile Man:
- Abdul Kalam was familiarly involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts.
- In 1980, he was appointed Chairman of Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and his intelligence behind developing Agni and Prithvi missiles.
- So he known as the Missile Man of India .
Abdul Kalam’s leadership:
- Under his leadership and vision, India entered into the elite space club after Rohini satellite was place into the orbit in 1980.
- He was a pioneer and instrumental in development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India’s space workhorse.
- Published on: July 29, 2015