Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Things to remember about the Man of Honour.

  • Full name of Dr. APJ Kalam – Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam.
  • He was born on October 15th 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu.
  • Dr. Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
  • He came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
  • Kalam was the third President of India to have been honoured with a Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
  • He was also the first scientist and the first bachelor to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • Dr. Abdul Kalam dream to let every student to light up the sky with victory using their latent fire in the heart.

Awards and Honours

  • Kalam received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 universities.
  • The Government of India honoured him with the 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.
  • , Kalam received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to the scientific research and modernisation of defence technology in India.
  • In 2013, he was the recipient of the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society “to recognize excellence in the management and leadership of a space-related project.


Following his death, Kalam received numerous tributes.

  • The Tamil Nadu state government announced that his birthday, 15 October, would be observed across the state as “Youth Renaissance Day”.
  • On the anniversary of Kalam’s birth in 2015 the CBSE set topics on his name in the CBSE expression series.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi ceremonially released postage stamps commemorating Kalam at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi on 15 October 2015, the 84th anniversary of Kalam’s birth.
  • Researchers at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had discovered a new bacterium on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) and named it Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

Educational and Scientific Institutes renamed/named after Dr. Kalam death

  • Kerala Technological University, was renamed to A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University after his death.
  • An agricultural college at Kishanganj, Bihar, was renamed the “Dr. Kalam Agricultural College, Kishanganj” by the Bihar state government.
  • India’s First Medical Tech Institute named as Kalam Institute of Health Technology located at Vishakhapatnam.
  • Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) was renamed A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Technical University by the Uttar Pradesh state government.
  • Construction of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Science City started in Patna in February 2019.
  • Wheeler Island, a national missile test site in Odisha, was renamed Abdul Kalam Island in September 2015.
  • A prominent road in New Delhi was renamed from Aurangzeb Road to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

“Success is when your signatures changes to autograph.”

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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