APJ Abdul Kalam birthday!
Today is the 87th birth anniversary of India’s ‘Missile Man’ and 11th President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, Kalam studied Physics and aerospace engineering and worked for decades as a scientist and science administrator at DRDO and ISRO.
He is known for contributing immensely in developing India’s civilian space programme and military missile system, and is popularly known as the ‘Missile Man of India’.
Kalam had served as the President between 2002 and 2007. Prior to this, he had in 1998 played a pivotal role in the success of the Pokhran-II nuclear test that included five detonations — one fusion bomb and four fission bombs.
This saw India becoming the sixth country in the world to have nuclear bombs and joining the nuclear club of the five world superpowers.
As the nation remembers its favourite scientist and President, we bring you 5 reasons why he is still relevant to India:
Kalam wanted to become a fighter pilot