Known as the Missile Man of India, Dr. Kalam was one of the greatest Aerospace Scientist of India. In this article, we are going to see through the life of Dr. Kalam and his achievements.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, known as APJ Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in the temple city of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. He belonged from a poor family as his father, Jainulabdeen was a boat owner. In his early life, in order to contribute to the family, Kalam used to sell newspapers. Though they were not much wealthy, Kalam and his siblings were raised in an atmosphere of love.
Being an below average student, Kalam was very eager to learn everything in his boyhood. He was passionate in Mathematics and started studying the subject attentively. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli. He wished to be a fighter-jet pilot, but couldn’t succeed in the exam conducted by IAF, as he secured ninth place.
“Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.”APJ Abdul Kalam.
In the year of 1960, he graduated from Madras Institute of Technology as an aeronautical scientist and joined DRDO ( Defence Research And Development Organisation). In 1969, he joined ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organization) and become the project head of Country’s first ever Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III). SLV-III. The vehicle was successfully deployed under the leadership of Kalam. He was also associated with the “Prithvi Missile” Project. In 1983, Kalam returned to DRDO as its chief as he was asked to lead the ‘Integrated Guided Missile Development Program’ (IGMDP).
In 1998, he was associated with the Pokhran Nuclear Tests by India. The tests ran successfully. The success of such tests and programs made him a national figure. His popularity was skyscraping, but he was a man of simplicity.
In 2002, he was elected the 11th President of India, on July 25 2002 and served till July 25, 2007. He loved to work with common people and was affectionately called ‘The People’s President’. He was an true inspiration to the youth of India. He became the role model of the younger generations. He could easily connect with the youth by his friendly, calm, gentle and humble nature and sweet way of talking. He believed in simple living. He neither wore any branded valuable item, nor he had any precious electrical appliances. He never accepted any gift from anyone, except books. His love for technology was notable.
“If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning.”APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dr. Kalam wrote many instructional guides and inspirational books, which includes, ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium,’ ‘The Luminous Sparks: A Biography in Verse and Colours,’‘Wings of Fire,’‛Mission of India: A Vision of Indian Youth,’ ‘You Are Born To Blossom,’ ‘Guiding Souls,’ ‘Inspiring Thoughts,’ ‘Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India,’‛Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges,’ ‘Transcendence My Spiritual Experiences’ etc. His autobiography ‘Wings of Fire,’ was originally published in English but has been transcripted and translated into thirteen languages, including foreign languages.
For his great achievements and service over five decades, he was awarded with the highest Indian Award, ‘Bharat Ratna’. In 2000, he was awarded with ‘Ramanujan Award’. He received honorary doctorate degree from over 40 universities. United Nations recognizes his birthday to be observed as “World Student Day”.
“All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”APJ Abdul Kalam.
On the evening of July 27, 2015, when he was about to deliver a lecture in the auditorium hall of IIM Shilong, he collapsed on the stage felt some discomfort. He was taken to Bethany Hospital, and after sometime, he was declared dead due to a cardiac arrest. Kalam’s earthly remains were airlifted to Delhi in an IAF Helicopter and numerous mass paid their last homage to the great soul.
Dr Kalam’s vision towards life still inspires us to the right track of life. We pay our heartfelt homage to the great soul, the “Missile Man of India.”