Failed To Become Pilot, Became Rocket Scientist – Abdul Kalam


Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died today during a lecture in Shillong.

Dr. Kalam, 83, was rushed to Bethany Hospital after collapsing on the dias during a speech at the IIM Shillong. He was the Great Indian scientist who was also the eleventh President of India from the year 2002 to 2007.

APJ Kalam was brought up in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and completed his studies in physics and aerospace engineering. He held prestigious posts such as science administrator, at  DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation and personally monitored India’s military missile development efforts.

He was bestowed with the title Missile Man of India for his remarkable development in ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.

His presence of mind played a decisive technical and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in the year 1998.

Achievements and Awards

APJ Kalam became 11th President Of India in the year 2002 with the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress Party. Post President Post, he wished to return to his civilian life which he usually enjoyed most which includes communicating with children regarding education, writing, and public service.

He achieved several distinguished awards, besides the Bharat Ratna, which is India’s highest civilian honour for any citizen of India.

KNOW About APJ Kalam Date Of Birth And Place: 15th October, 1931 in Tamil Muslim Family In Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu. Parents Name & Profession: Jainulabudeen, a boat owner, mother Ashiamma, a housewife.

Childhood: Being from a poor background he started working at an early age. To support his family income he used to distribute evening newspapers after the school.

As A Student: Average Student but was considered as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn mathematics.

School: Ramanathapuram Schwartz Matriculation School

College: Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, then affiliated with the University of Madras. Graduated in physics in 1954.

He did aerospace engineering in 1955.

Villain Dean: You know after toiling evening and late nights one has but little time to concentrate on studies unless one is as determined as kalam. Once, at such small instance while APJ was working on a senior class project, the Dean was annoyed with his slow progress and warned to dismiss his scholarship if the project was’nt finished within the next 3 days.

Thrilling the Dean, APJ met the deadline.

The Missed Dream: He failed to become Pilot, but surely became rocket scientist. He barely missed achieving his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, as he placed 9th in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the Indian Air Force.

Much more can be read about this legend here

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