APJ Abdul Kalam Death Anniversary: Surprising Facts You May Not Know about India’s 11th President

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who served as the 11th President of the country, is a source of inspiration for crores of Indians.
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who served as the 11th President of the country, is a source of inspiration for crores of Indians. He was born on October 15, 1931. Meanwhile, he had a great influence on the youth even after leaving the presidency. Later, he started working in the field of education. At the same time, this is the reason his birthday was declared by the United Nations as World Students Day in the year 2010.

On July 27 in 2015, APJ Kalam took his last breath after a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong. On the the death anniversary of Dr Kalam, popularly known as Missile Man of India, we will tell you about some interesting facts related to his life, which you may not know about.

Here are some interesting facts about Dr. Kalam's life:

  • Kalam played an important role in the second nuclear test in Pokhran. Later, he was given the title of Missile Man for his outstanding contribution to the country's missile project. The credit for the development of Agni and Prithvi missiles goes to Dr. Kalam only.
  • Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha renamed as Abdul Kalam Island in 2015 to honor his contribution. Let us tell you that India's Integrated Test Range missile testing takes place on this island. Earlier this island was named after the British Commander Lieutenant Wheeler.
  • Kalam belonged to Muslim religion but he was a secular person at heart and he believed that the religion of humanity is greater than all religions.
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News
  • Kalam's full name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He received 7 doctoral degrees from 40 universities. For his contribution to ISRO and DRDO, Dr. Kalam awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990.
  • In the year 1997, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honor.
  • APJ Abdul Kalam did not have TV. His personal belongings only included books, a harp, CD player and laptop.
  • Kalam visited NASA in 1963 and after that he successfully completed the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-3 project.
  • Kalam wrote a total of 18 books and 22 poems.

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