On first death anniversary Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the former President, saying that his death has created an “irreplaceable” void.
“It’s been a year since our beloved Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam left us and created a void that is irreplaceable. My tributes to this great personality,” Modi said in a tweet.
While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died due to cardiac arrest on this day last year.
To name a few, Dr Abdul Kalam, also known as the People’s President and our Missile Man, won Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the highest civilian award — Bharat Ratna. He was also recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities worldwide. Kalam has also authored around 15 books.
Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club.
Kalam was responsible for the evolution of ISRO’s launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration. After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999.
During this period he led to the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State. He also gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by progressing multiple development tasks and mission projects such as Light Combat Aircraft.
(with inputs from abdulkalam.nic.in)