Happy Birthday to APJ Abdul Kalam: 10 Things You Must Know about India’s Missile Man

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Firstly, Let us wish our honorable and respectable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and send our warm wishes to heaven. The Missile Man of India has inspired a lot of people to dream and make their dreams a subtle reality.

On this special event, we would like to share one of his quotes that are closest to people’s heart and inspire them to achieve the greatest things in life. The quote says –

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping,

it is something that does not let you sleep.”

10 Things to Know About Missile Man of India

  • He was born on October 15th, 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Kalam graduated in Science from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy in 1954 and specialized further in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • He worked diligently over the development of India’s first satellite launch vehicle (SLV III) which has been the vehicle for launching the Rohini satellite into the Earth’s orbit. This gained India entry into the Space World.
  • After contributing in ISRO for two decades, Kalam took the responsibility of developing the indigenous guided missiles at Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • He was responsible for the development and operation of Agni and Prithvi Missiles and that is the reason he is known as the “Missile Man of India”.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam


  • Dr. Kalam engineered the Pokhran-II nuclear tests which catapulted India into the club of Nuclear powers, which were exclusive only in five countries such as – USA, China, UK, France, and Russia. The 2018 movie “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” featuring John Abraham inspired from Kalam.
  • Kalam received honorary doctorates from 48 universities and institutions from India as well as abroad.
  • Kalam also gets awarded the civilian awards – Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990), and the highest civilian award in India – Bharat Ratna (1997).
  • Besides physics and defense, Kalam also left his identity in the health sector by improving healthcare in rural India. Worked along with Soma Raju, he developed a low-cost stent which later called the Kalam-Raju Stent.
  • From (1992-1999) Kalam remained the Chief Scientific Advisor to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.
  • In the year 2002, Kalam outperformed Lakshmi Sahgal to become the President of India. He has contributed beautifully in India’s history as the “People’s President”, having himself as “outsider to politics” status and commendable academic background.

Dr. Kalam was indeed an inspiration and his work says it all.

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