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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen abdul kalam (15 October 1931-27 July 2015) was an Indian Scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2001 to 2007.
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 at the pilgrimage center of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, in a Tamil Muslim family.
His father, Jainulabudeen, was a boat owner, and his mother, Ashiamma, was a housewife. Kalam was the youngest of their 5 children.
In his childhood, he used to collect newspapers thrown out of the Dhanush Kodi Mail train and become the first one to distribute them to the
town of Rameswaram.
Kalam did his schooling from the Ramanathapuram Schwartz Matriculation School. Kalam completed his graduation in physics from Saint Joseph’s
College, Trichurapally in 1954. In 1955, he enrolled at the Madras Institute of Technology.
After becoming the President of India in 2002, he was supposed to address students at a school function. But when he reached there to start his
speech, the electricity suddenly went off. Instead of complaining, he asked the students to gather around to listen to him.
Dr. Kalam donated his presidential salary to charity. He formed a trust named PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas), and donated his
salaries to this trust when he became aware that the government takes care of its presidents.
Kalam also acted as a scientific advisor to the government of India.
He was awarded the MTV Youth Icon award twice, in 2003 and 2006.
He is the only unmarried President of India so far.
Switzerland celebrates ‘Science Day’ on May 26th each year to mark his visit to the country on that day.
Dr. Kalam was also a recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities.
The United Nations declared Kalam birthday, October 15th, as ‘World Students Day’.
Kalam was a vegetarian and was very fond of his mother’s cooked food, such as rice and sambar with coconut chutney, Vendhya Kozhambu, and Puliyodare.
Dr. Kalam was known as the ‘Missile Man’ of India due to his continued, successful work with ballistic missiles and launch vehicle technology.
Dr. Kalam autobiography Wings of Fire: An Autobiography , first published in English, has been translated into 13 languages including French and Chinese.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a Muslim, he used to read both Bhagavad Gita and Quran and along with that, he was an expert in playing Veena.
Dr. Kalam was a prolific writer, he has authored around 15 books on various subjects ranging from nuclear physics to spiritual experiences.
Kalam followed only one cricketer on his Twitter account – VVS Laxman. Kalam followed a total of 38 people on this social media account.
After the term of his presidency, he became busier as a visiting professor at various institutes of management and leadership including those
located at Ahmadabad, Indore, and Shillong.
Kalam missed an opportunity to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air force. He was on the ninth spot on the list, and there were only eight
openings. The first eight shortlisted candidates were recruited.
He was once asked by a journalist how would he like to be remembered: as a scientist, a president or a teacher. And he replied smilingly – “I
want to be remembered as a teacher first and then as any other person.”
During his tenure as a President, his family visited the Rashtrapati Bhavan only once. They came in a sleeper coach in a train from Madurai.
After they left, Kalam asked the Chief Accounts Officer to prepare the bill for his family’s visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan and paid it.
When he was at ISRO, there was a period when his team faced a series of failures of tests; he accepted it as his mistake. But on huge successes,
he couldn’t be seen taking credits, instead, sent his fellow scientists to talk to the press.
Kalam also made significant contributions to the nuclear capabilities of India. The Pokhran -2 nuclear tests (in 1998) were successful thanks
to his organizational and technical support.
The United States made an apology to him for not following the appropriate procedures for expedited screening of dignitaries when he was
frisked at the JFK airport on 29 September 2011.
Kalam was honored with many awards, including the highest civilian award in the country, the Bharat Ratna (1997). His other awards include
Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990).
He dedicated every single minute of his life serving the country which is justified by the fact that even few minuted before his demise on
27 July 2015, he was delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. And at the time when death captured him, he was
doing what he loved.