It has been seven years since former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam left the world. He died of a heart attack during a lecture on the topic 'Habitable Planet' at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong on 27 July in 2015. He was a well-known scientist, engineer and teacher. He played a decisive organisational, technical and political role in the Pokhran nuclear test in 1998 for the second time since the first original nuclear test by India in 1974. In remembrance of his death anniversary let's know some interesting facts about the missile man of India.
Abdul Kalam had 48 doctorates. He had received honorary doctorates from 48 universities from India and abroad.
Kalam joined Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a scientist. His first achievement in his career was designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army.
Dr. Kalam also made significant contributions to the nuclear capabilities of India. The Pokhran -2 nuclear tests (in 1998) were successful under his nuclear expertise and guidance.
He was responsible for the development and operationalization of Agni and Prithvi missiles, which is why he is called the 'missile man'.
For seven years (1992-1999) Kalam remained the Chief Scientific Adviser to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.
Dr. Kalam is an incredible writer and has written many inspirational books. They are-Wings of fire [His autobiography], 2020- A Vision for the New Millennium, Envisioning an Empowered Nation, Ignited Minds, My Journey, Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology, The Luminous Sparks, The Life Tree, Mission India, Children Ask Kalam, Guiding Souls, Indomitable Spirit and Inspiring Thoughts.
He never owned a television set. His only personal belongings included his beloved books, a veena he was very fond of playing in his spare time, a CD player, and a laptop.
Abdul Kalam wrote his autobiography which was translated into 13 languages.
The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan In 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. APJ Abdul Kalam has received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his immensely precious contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defence technology in India.