APJ Abdul Kalam- An Achiever all the Way

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam or APJ Abdul Kalam, as he was popularly known as, was an achiever in true sense. His life’s journey has inspired and ignited many a young minds not just in his home country but around the world. Here is a look at his successful journey and long list of achievements.

  • Mr. Kalam graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology in the year 1960. Thereafter, he joined the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) where he designed helicopters for the Indian Army.
  • He was later transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) where he was appointed as the project director for our country’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle, SLV-III that launched the satellite Rohini in July 1980.
  • Post this successful launch, Mr. Kalam expanded India’s space programme. He led India’s missile programme in the same year. Agni and Prithvi missiles were successfully launched under his leadership after which India came to be known as a major military power. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in the year 1990.
  • For around 7 years, from July 1992 to December 1999, he served as the Secretary of Defense Research and Development Organisation and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister. In the year 1997, he won the Bharat Ratna award and the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. The following year, he was awarded the Veer Savarkar award.
  • In 1998, he worked alongside cardiologist Dr. Soma Raju and developed a low cost Coronary stent that came to be known as Kalam-Raju Stent. The two came together again and designed a rugged tablet PC for health care in rural areas in the year 2012 which was named the Kalam-Raju Tablet.
  • In the year 2000, he won the Ramanujan Award.
  • In 2002, he was appointed as the 11th president of India. His speeches were appreciated by one and all and so were his dignified ways and optimistic attitude.
  • After his tenure as President, Mr Kalam became a visiting professor, wrote several books and came up with various initiatives for the development of the youth.
  • In 2007, he was honored with the Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Wolverhampton, UK and King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, UK. In 2008, he received the Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • In 2009, he received the International von Karman Wings Award from California Institute of Technology, US, Hoover Medal from ASME Foundation, USA and Honorary Doctorate from Oakland University. The University of Waterloo  honored him with the Doctor of Engineering degree in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded with the IEEE Honorary Membership and in 2012 he received the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Simon Fraser University. Edinburg University, UK honoured him with the Doctor of Science degree in 2014.

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