APJ Abdul Kalam’s Birth Anniversary: 12 rare photos of the Missile Man of India

APJ Abdul Kalam’s Birth Anniversary: 12 rare photos of the Missile Man of India
APJ Abdul Kalam’s Birth Anniversary: 12 rare photos of the Missile Man of India

APJ Abdul Kalam Birth Anniversary: Born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, on October 31, 1931, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Abdul Kalam holds a baby belonging to a visitor at the President House in New Delhi

His vast experience as a scientist and science administrator included key roles in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam leaving after receiving GM Modi Award for Science Achievement in New Delhi

He was mainly involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts.

President APJ Abdul Kalam meets the Indian Cricket team in New Delhi
Abdul Kalam holds a baby belonging to a visitor at the President House in New Delhi

His acumen in the field of ballistic missile technology earned him the epithet, Missile Man of India.

President K. R. Narayanan greets newly-elected President APJ Abdul Kalam during a farewell party
APJ Abdul Kalam gives an award to Aamir Khan for the best popular film

Kalam played an important organizational, technical and political role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests of 1998, the first since the original nuclear test in 1974.

APJ Abdul Kalam Scientific Advisor of Defence Ministry received GM Modi Award for Science Achievement in New Delhi

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APJ Abdul Kalam walks beside Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad

He was elected 11th President of India in 2002 with the support of both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress and he went on to be one of the most well-loved leaders of the country.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee poses with Indian scientists, APJ Abdul Kalam, head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation, and R. Chidambaram
Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Defence Minister George Fernandes and scientists APJ Abdul Kalam head of DRDO and R. Chidambaram, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission waving soldiers at Buddha Site

He received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

-PTC News