Abdul Kalam


Original Name  Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Profession Scientist
Date of Birth October 15, 1931
Mother Tongue Tamil
Home Town Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram district
Titles Indian Missile Man,India’s ‘Father of Missile Technology’, 200% Indian, Gandhian Missile Man
Schooling ‘Samiyar’ school in Rameswaram, and Schwartz School in Ramnathapuram town
College St. Joseph College, Trichi for BSc degree.
Education DMIT in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (1954-57)
Father Jainulabdeen Marakayar
Mother Ashiamma
Achievments Missiles – Prithvi, Trishul, Akash, Nag, and Agni
Nuclear Tests
His Inspiration Mahatma Gandhi
Favourite author Subramania Bharathi
Special talent He plays Veena
Auto Biography Wings of Fire
Popular quote from his poem “Dreams float on an impatient wind, A wind that wants to create a new order. An order of strength and thundering of fire.”
His Vision for India Freedom, Development and Self-Reliance
Awards Padma Bhusan (1981), the Padma Vibhushan (1990), the Bharat Ratna (1997).
Assignment abroad 1963-64 in the United States at the Wallops Island Rocketry Centre and the Langley Research Centre.
Hobbies Reading
Other facts * He recites the Quran and the Bhagwad Gita with equal devotion
*He is a vegetarian
* Jadavpur University conferred him the honor of Doctor of Science in 1990
* Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from IIT, Mumbai in 1991
* Kalam was the first graduate in the family
* He is a bachelor

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