Born:- 15 October 1931, Rameswaram,
Ramnad District, Madras Presidency, British India
Died:- 27 July 2015 (aged 83), Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Awards:- Bharat Ratna 1997
Padma Vibhushan 1990
Padma Bhushan 1981
About Dr. Kalam
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15TH
October 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father
Jainulabdeen was a boat owner and his mother Ashiamma was
a housewife. In his school, he was described as a sincere,
bright and a hardworking student who had a strong desire to
learn and spend hours on his studies, especially mathematics.
After completing his school studies at Rameswaram
Elementary School, he went on to graduate in Physics, but was
not very enthusiastic about the subject.
So, he moved to madras in 1955 to study
aerospace engineering. After graduating from
Madras Institute Of Technology, Kalam
joined Aeronautical Development
Establishment of Defense Research and
Development Organization as a chief scientist.
He started his career by designing a small
helicopter for the Indian Army.
In 1969 he was moved to Indian Space
Research Organization where he was the
project director of India’s Satellite Vehicle
Why he is my role model?
Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is my role model.
He says “To succeed in your mission, you must have
single minded devotion to your goal.”
He is the Missile Man of India.
He has done a significant work in the field of science and
technology for which he has been awarded with Bharat
Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan.
He always lived a humble simple life.
Inspired by this simplistic approach if we incorporate at
least 10% of his habits, we must make the best out of our
Why he is contributor
After graduating from MIT (madras institute of tech), he designed
Helicopter at DRDO for INDIAN ARMY.
After getting transfer to ISRO, Abdul Kalam sir was appointed as a
project director for SLV-III, India’s first indigenous satellite launch
SLV-III successfully launched satellite Rohini to orbit on July 1980.
From then, Mr Kalam expanded India’s space programme.
In the 1980s he led India’s missile programme. Under his leadership,
India became a major military power after the successes of Agni and
Started his career by designing a helicopter for Indian army.
He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the
Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation from July
1992 to December 1999.
Books & Documentaries
• Wings Of Fire: An Autobiography by A. P. J Abdul Kalam; 1999.
• India 2020: A Vision For the New Millennium: by A. P. J Abdul
• Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India by A. P.J.
Abdul Kalam; 2002.
• The Luminous Sparks by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam; 2004.
• Mission India by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
• Inspiring Thoughts by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam; 2007
• Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology by A.P.J.