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The Missile Man Of India

Krish Kumar

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Abul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, popularly known as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was an exceptional Indian scientist, engineer, and statesman who left an indelible mark on the world through his visionary leadership, scientific contributions, and inspirational words. Born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India, Kalam emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the most revered figures in Indian history. His life story is a testament to the power of determination, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence. Kalam's early life was marked by hardship and struggle. Coming from a modest background, he faced financial constraints in pursuing his education. However, his innate curiosity and passion for learning propelled him forward. Despite the challenges, he excelled academically and graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1955 with a degree in aerospace engineering. Following his graduation, Kalam embarked on a remarkable career in science and technology that would span several decades. He joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and later the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), where he played a pivotal role in India's missile and space programs. Kalam's contributions to the development of India's indigenous missile technology, including the Agni and Prithvi missiles, earned him the moniker "Missile Man of India." Throughout his career, Kalam remained committed to advancing India's scientific and technological capabilities. He firmly believed in harnessing the power of science and innovation for the greater good of society. Under his leadership, India achieved significant milestones in space exploration, including the successful launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the development of indigenous satellite technology. Beyond his scientific achievements, Kalam was also a visionary leader with a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for serving his country. In 2002, he was elected as the 11th