On July 27, 2015, India lost one of the most valuable person in fact a extra ordinary knowledgeable leader, APJ Abdul Kalam
With the dying of A P J Abdul Kalam, India lost its beloved politician, scientist and statesman.
Dr. Kalam suffered with a deadly heart attack at the age of 83, while giving a lecture at Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.
May be you didn’t know about A P J Abdul Kalam
We have a space in our heart for him, let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts about his life:
- Dr. Kalam was born in a poor family. Their ancestors though were not poor everytime. They had accumulated some money through a ferry Hindu pilgrims to Rameswaram and also through some grocery trading.
- The family lost all its wealth when in 1914 the ferry business collapsed because of the opening of the Pamban Bridge.
- When Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, his family was already poor.
- Dr. Kalam graduated from Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappali in 1954.
- In 1955 hetook admission in Madras Institute of Technology and moved to Madras.
He was voted as India’s new President from July 25, 2002 to July 25, 2007.
- Kalam wanted to go to the Indian Air Force and become a fighter jet pilot. He secured 9 the position in the selected candidates list and could have made it there but there were just openings in IAF and his bad luck that all the first 8 candidates were chosen.
- He took a job with DRDO’s (Defense Research and Development Organization) AeronauticalDevelopment Establishment after graduating from Madras Institute of Technology. He started designing small helicopters for Indian Army.
- From this department, in 1969, he was transferred to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization ) and he was also made the director for Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) – the first launch vehicle of India.
- Dr. Kalam played a very important political and technological role during Pokhran-II nuclear test and during the testing phase he was also the Chief Project Coordinator.