Born - 15 October 1931
Achievements - This eminent scientist and engineer has also
served as the 11th President of India from the period 2002 to 2007. APJ
Abdul Kalam is a man of vision, who is always full of ideas aimed at the
development of the country. He firmly believes that India needs to play
a more assertive role in international relations.
Apart from being a notable scientist and engineer, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
served as the 11th President of India from the period 2002 to 2007. He
is a man of vision, who is always full of ideas aimed at the development
of the country and is also often also referred to as the Missile Man of
India. People loved and respected Dr APJ Abdul Kalam so much during his
tenure as President that was popularly called the People's President.
Read more about the biography of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam here.
APJ Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 at the South Indian state of
Tamil Nadu and received honorary doctorates from about 30 universities
globally. In the year 1981, the Government of India presented him the
nation's highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan and then again, the
Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the Bharat Ratna in 1997. Before Kalam,
there have been only two presidents - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Zakir
Hussain - to have received the Bharat Ratna before bring appointed to
the highest office in India.
Read on about the life history of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who's also the
first scientist and bachelor to occupy the seat of the Rashtrapati
Bhavan. His perspectives on important topics have been enunciated by him
in the book 'India 2020'. It highlights the action plans that will help
develop the country into a knowledge superpower by the time 2020. One
thing for which he received ample kudos is his unambiguous statement
that India needs to play a more assertive role in international
And Dr APJ Abdul Kalam regards his work on India's nuclear weapons
program as a way to assert India's place as a future superpower. Even
during his tenure as President, APJ Kalam took avid interest in the
spheres of India's science and technology. He has even put forward a
project plan for establishing bio-implants. He is also an ardent
advocate of open source software over proprietary solutions to churn out
more profits in the field of information technology in India.