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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Nationality: Indian
Profession: Aerospace, scientist, Professor and Author
From: October 15, 1931 To July 27, 2015
84 Years

AboutA. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in the pilgrimage centre of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His ancestors was rich but by his early childhood, Kalam's family had become poor; at an early age, he sold newspapers to supplement his family's income because Kalam was the youngest of four brothers and one sister in his family. 

In his school he had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student. He was interested in mathematics. After completing his education at the Schwartz Higher Secondary School, Ramanathapuram, Kalam went on to attend Saint Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli and then he done graduation in physics in 1954 from University of Madras. Then he went to Madras Institute of Technology in 1955 to study aerospace engineering. 

His dream was to become a fighter pilot but he was not successful in achieving this dream, as he placed ninth in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the IAF. After doing graduation he spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. 

He worked on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology and called as "Missile Man of India". Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002 and referred to as the "People's President". After leaving office, Kalam became a visiting professor and write many books like India 2020, Wings of Fire and Ignited Minds. 

He writes many books and various quotes on different topics like love, life, inspirational, motivation and friendship. And his most popular and interesting are encouraging quotes which are used to encourage someone for doing something very difficult with a great spirit. One of his famous motivation quotes is as follows,

“Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.”

He received many prestigious awards including Bharat Ratna in 1997, Honorary Fellow in 1995 and Padma Bhushan in 1981. He died on 27 July 2015 in Shillong, Meghalya, India at the age of 83 years.

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