A P J Abdul Kalam
A P J Abdul Kalam

 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in full Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He was a scientist who played a leading role in the development of India’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. He also received the Bharat Ratna. Kalam was affectionately known as the People’s President, due to his extra-Presidential activities.

He was the first bachelor president of India and the first Muslim President who completed his term. Kalam died following a heart attack while delivering a speech in Shillong.

He was an Indian aerospace scientist and politician. He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007

Before being elected as the President also served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the PM and Secretary of DRDO. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1997. Known as the “Missile Man of India”

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Overview

Full nameAvul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Born15 October 1931, Rameswaram TN
Died 27 July 2015, Shillong Meghalaya
President TermJuly 25th, 2002 – July 25th, 2007
A P J Abdul Kalam – Overview


  • 1997: Bharat Ratna
  • 1981: Padma Bhushan
  • 1990: Padma Vibhushan
  • 1997: Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration
  • 1998: Veer Savarkar Award
  • 2000: SASTRA Ramanujan Prize – Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, India
  • 2013: Von Braun Award


  • Wings of Fire: Autobiography
  • India 2020
  • Ignited Minds
  • Target 3 Billion
  • Turning Points
  • You Are Born To Blossom
  • My Journey
  • A Manifesto for Change
  • Advantage India
  • Reignited

The Wheeler Island is renamed Dr. Abdul Kalam Island