Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
A.P.J Abdul Kalam (15th October 1931- 27 July 2015) born in Rameswaram Tamil Nadu. He came from a humble background where his father, a boat owner and mother, a housewife brought him up. He used to distribute newspaper after the completion of his school so that he could support his father.
He studied aerospace engineering and physics and his last four decades were spent as an administrator of science.He was also hailed as the 'Missile Man of India' because of his tremendous effort in missile development. For the Indian army, A.P.J Abdul Kalam designed a mini helicopter. Major breakthrough came when he was transferred to ISRO catering to the project of SLV-III. Being the representative of TBRL, he acted as the representative of Smiling Buddha which was the first nuclear test to be conducted. In 1980s, his extensive research work and development brought many accolades and laurel to his name. From July 1992 onwards he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister. His role in the field of technological and political field is remarkable during the nuclear tests of Pokhran-II.
He was bestowed with many prestigious honours... 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 In 1997, Kalam received India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to the scientific research and modernisation of defence technology in India
A.P.J Abdul Kalam won the election of President in 2002. He became the 11th President of India. In 2012 he declined for the role of President for the second term.After retiring from the post of scientific adviser in 1999, his main mission was to interact with as many as 100,000 students. He felt the joy in meeting with the youth of the country particularly the high school students. He found a way to ignite their mind for the development of India.