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Saturday, October 15, 2016

India remembers 'Missile Man' Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 85th birth anniversary.

Born on October 15 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family of Rameshwaram, Kalam sold newspapers to supplement his the income of family.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was an inspirational figure who had made it a mission in life to ignite young minds and advocated an action plan to turn India into a "knowledge superpower" But he was a bright and hardworking student with a desire to gain knowledge. 

Later he went on to study aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology.
Kalam began his career as a scientist with Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). But he soon found himself working on India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle under the guidance of renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai. He later worked on the development of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). 

Kalam was later appointed the chief executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), where he was instrumental in developing missiles like Agni and Prithvi.

The govt later appointed him as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the prime minister and the secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Later he was honoured with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.

Famous as "Missile Man" & India's top nuclear scientist later became the 11th president of India by Atal Behari Vajapayee when the NDA government came to power.

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