A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, ‘People’s President’ and ‘Missile Man’ lost life while delivering lecture (Download PDF)


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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.

Image of APJ Abdul Kalam

Image of APJ Abdul Kalam

People’s President and Missile Man of India

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/Last Modified on: July 29, 2015


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