A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

11th President of India, scientist and science administrator

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல் பகீர் ஜைனுலாப்தீன் அப்துல் கலாம்; About this soundpronunciation ; 15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) usually know as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was a famous Indian aerospace engineer. He was the 11th President of India, from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam
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President of India (2002-2007), A.P.J. Abdul Kalam; the picture is from the International Book Fair, Trivandrum, in 2014
President of India
In office
25 July 2002 – 24 July 2007
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Manmohan Singh
Vice PresidentBhairon Singh Shekhawat
Preceded byKocheril Raman Narayanan
Succeeded byPratibha Devisingh Patil
Personal details
Born(1931-10-15)15 October 1931
Rameshwaram, British India (now Tamil Nadu), India
Died27 July 2015(2015-07-27) (aged 83)
Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Political partyIndependent
Alma materSt. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli
Madras Institute of Technology
ProfessionProfessor, Author, scientist
Aerospace engineer

When he was president, he was popularly known as the People's President. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 1997. He has also been a professor (of aerospace engineering). Kalam is the first Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram (IIST). He is called as the "Missile Man" of India. People assume him to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. [2]


Abdul Kalam died on July 27, 2015 (07:45 Indian Standard Time GMT+5:30) at Bethany Hospital, Shillong after having collapsed due to cardiac arrest during a lecture he was giving at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).[3]<ref>Anindita Sanyal (27 July 2015). "Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Dies at 83". NDTV.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015.≤/ref≥


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