Monday, April 2, 2012

A P J Abdul Kalam An All-around Personality





An Entry for the A to Z Blogging Challenge                                                                     .


A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and politician who served his country (India) as president from 2002 to 2007.  He is a multifacted personality.  A son of a little educated boat owner  became the president of India and became one of the receipt of India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna, As Chief of India’s Defence Research and Development  (DRD) wing  he demonstrated  great potential of dynamism and achieved many  things for the nation in the field of technology and it raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning.  The story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag-missiles become very successfully tested and it became  household names in India




Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam born on October 15th 1931 at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India.  He did his specialization in Aero Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.  And started his initial job with DRDO in the year 1958 then he joined ISRO in 1963.


India’s successful launch of satellite vehicles of ISRO and the missile program of DRDO is the brain work of this humble and simple scientist.   As a project Director  his contribution(Design, Development and management)  to the indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle SLV –III  is tremendous.





He worked as Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and development for a period of July 1992 to December 1999.


He took up academic pursuit as a Professor, Technology and Societal Transformation at Anna University and involved in teaching and research.  He ignited the student community for national development across the nation.


There is more than 30 Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc. Honoris Causa)conferred  by 30 universities/academic institutions. He is also the recipient of several awards including the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration 1997.


He has been awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990  and Bharatratna in 1997.  And in July 2002 he became  India's 11th president.


His passion for teaching is still going on and promoting the national development across the nation especially in the midst of school children.
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He is the author of many books out of which the "Wings of Fire" An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam stands apart.

Here is a book review  about this famous book 'Wings of Fire.'


"God may not be realized without intense yearning, longing or sincerity; we may not see him without practicing rigorous austerities but we can certainly see his manifestation in a few great personalities.


Kalam, our beloved President – Scientist – Leader – Philosopher–Saint– Musician–Writer–Philanthropist– Missile man–a Visionary- - - -, is a diamond in the Necklace of Mother India, and undoubtedly a role model for all of us.


His Autobiography, Wings of Fire is a book of Positive thinking; it helps us to learn about how a person born and brought up in a remote village, has taken, seen nothing but positive aspects of those he met, lived and worked with; and how he assimilated, practiced the values of great visionaries Vikram Sarabhai, Satish dhawan, Bramhaprakash and succeeded in making the country march towards excellence in the field of Science and Technology."


Here is a yet another  wonderful speech he made few years back.  To read please click on the link  @ Anns Blog

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