Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – Bio, Facts, Career, Quotes, Awards and life story


Former President Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam was one of the most loved leaders of the people in recent times. Today is the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s 2nd Death Anniversary.

A Short biography

Bharat Ratna Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, generally known as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India (2002-2007).

Born on October 15, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, the simple-natured Dr Kalam earned the tag of ‘Missile Man’ due to his extraordinary contribution in the field of aeronautics.

By profession, he was a scientist and an administrator in India. He worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer before becoming the President of India.

His work on the development of launch vehicle and ballistic missile technology had earned him the name of the ‘Missile Man of India’.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore; the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.

In his book ‘India 2020’, he recommended plans to make the nation a fully developed one by the year 2020. His interactions with the student community and his motivational speeches made him quite popular among the youth. apj abdul kalam speech is what everyone is ready to hear because they too much motivational.

In 2011, he launched a mission called ‘What Can I Give Movement’ aimed at the youth of India, which focused on defeating corruption in the country.


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The sudden death of Former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on July 27, 2015, witnessed a massive out pouring of grief in the entire nation. It is the second death anniversary of Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a renowned scientist, a beloved President and above all, a great teacher.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed away on 27 July 2015, due to a massive cardiac arrest during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.


When he took over the Presidency reigns (2002 to 2007), Dr Kalam redefined the position and went on to become People’s President, the one who touched everyone’s lives.

Books by Dr. Kalam

This the the list of apj abdul kalam books:

  • Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India
  • Inspiring Thoughts
  • Indomitable Spirit
  • The Luminous Sparks
  • Turning Points: A journey through challenges
  • My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions
  • Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Roddam Narasimha
  • India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S. Rajan.
  • Wings of Fire: An Autobiography, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari.
  • Mission India, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
  • Envisioning an Empowered Nation, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and A. Sivathanu Pillai.
  • You Are Born To Blossom: Take My Journey Beyond, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari.
  • Target 3 Billion, by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh

Awards and Recognitions

Abdul Kalam awards comes with a long list which is listed below.

  • The nation honoured Dr Kalam with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, in 1997 for his contribution in the field of scientific research, development and modernisation of technology in the defence sector of India.
  • During 1990, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian Government for his work with the DRDO and ISRO and as scientific advisor to the Government.
  • At 1981 he received the Padma Bhushan
  • In 1998, the Government of India presented to him the Veer Savarkar Award.
  • The Alwar Research Centre, Chennai, bestowed on him the Ramanujan Award in 2000.
  • The University of Wolverhampton in UK bestowed on him the Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2007.
  • California Institute of Technology, USA, honoured him with the International von Karman Wings Award in 2009.
  • In 1997, the Indian National Congress conferred him with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.
  • He received the Hoover Medal from ASME Foundation, U.S.A, in 2009.
  • The Royal Society of UK honoured him with the King Charles II Medal in 2007.
  • At 2008, he received the Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
  • During 2010 The University of Waterloo honoured him with the Doctor of Engineering
  • In 2011, he became an honorary member of the IEEE.
  • At 2012, the Simon Fraser University conferred on him the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa).
  • During 2013, he received the Von Braun Award from National Space Society in recognition of his excellence in the leadership and management of space-related projects.
  • In 2014, he received an honorary degree in Doctor of Science from Edinburgh University, UK.
  • 2015 – The United Nations recognized Dr. Kalam’s birthday as “World Student’s Day”


In his lifetime, Abdul Kalam has shared a vast collection of inspirational abdul kalam thoughts, beautiful apj abdul kalam quotes and motivating peoples around him.

  1. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
  2. Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?
  3. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
  4. You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.
  5. All birds find shelter during a rain. But eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds.
  6. I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.
  7. Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
  8. No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
  9. Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.
  10. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
  11. If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.
  12. The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.
  13. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
  14. If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.
  15. Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.

Interesting Facts

  1. Born to a poor boat owner

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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 at the pilgrimage center of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, in a Tamil Muslim family. His father was, Jainulabudeen, a boat owner, and his mother Ashiamma, a housewife, and Kalam were the youngest of their 5 children.

  1. Witnessed the 2nd World War

During the IInd war, he was ten years old, and he described in an interview that he felt the travesty of war as the war had almost reached the doors of Rameswaram. Those were the difficult times, he explained further.

  1. From a newspaper boy to the President of India

In his childhood, he used to collect newspapers thrown out of the Dhanush Kodi Mail train and become the first one to distribute them in the town of Rameswaram.

  1. Raised in a poor financial condition

His early childhood was difficult because of the poor financial condition of his family. So, to support them, Kalam used to distribute newspapers in early mornings. There was a time in his school days when he didn’t have enough money to pay the fees.

  1. Active on social media

His Twitter account had more than 1.37 Million followers, and people always loved his interactive and easily approachable nature.

  1. Addressed 400 students without electricity

After becoming president in 2002, he was supposed to address students at a school function. But when he reached there to start his speech, the electricity suddenly went off. Instead of complaining, he asked the students to gather around to listen to him.

  1. He loved playing Veena

Although he was a Muslim, he used to read both Bhagavad Gita and Quran and along with that; he was an expert in playing Veena.

  1. When he refused to sit on a chair

There were two incidents when he declined to sit on a special chair as he didn’t want to make himself superior to others.

  1. Smiled when death stared at him

Look at his positivity! In 2001, when he had boarded the helicopter from Ranchi, on the way to Bokaro he was informed about some issues with the helicopter’s rotor. Though it was a death alarm for the cockpit crew, he composed everyone with his signature smile and advised the two pilots not to worry.

  1. The only bachelor President of India!

He is the only unmarried President of India so far.



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