APJ Abdul Kalam Biography, Death Date, Quotes, Education & other details

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (BR: 15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was a notable Indian aerospace scientist and statesman who served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007. Born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, he pursued his education in physics and aerospace engineering. Following his graduation from the Madras Institute of Technology, Kalam emerged as a key figure in the advancement of India’s missile and nuclear weapons initiatives.

APJ Abdul Kalam Biography

In 1969, Kalam joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and assumed the role of project director for the SLV-III, which was India’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle. This milestone achievement marked a significant step forward for the country’s space program. During his time at ISRO, Kalam dedicated himself to extensive research and developed a keen interest in mathematics.

APJ Abdul Kalam Picture
APJ Abdul Kalam Picture

Personal Information

Real Name  Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Nickname AKA Missile Man
DOB (Date of Birth) 15 October 1931
Age 83 years
Birth Place Rameswaram, India
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Hometown Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Religion Islam

Education/Qualifications

School Schwartz Higher Secondary School, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
College/  University St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Qualification Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College, the University of Madras in 1954
A Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960

Physical Stats

Height

Feet & Inches 5′ 4”
Meter 1.63 m
Centimeters 163 cm
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Grey
Body Measurements 38-30-11

Family Information

Father Name Jainulabdeen Marakayar
Mother Name Ashiamma Jainulabdeen
Sibling Brothers- Meera Lebbai Maraikayar,  Mustafa Kalam, Kasim Mohammed
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife N/A
Children N/A

Affairs

Girlfriend N/A

Profession

Profession Professor, Author, Aerospace Scientist
Net Worth $2 million

Favorites

Color White
Food Besan ka Ladoo
Drink  Buttermilk or Chaach
Actor/Actress Amitabh Bachchan,  Vidya Balan
Songs Mithoon, Arijit Singh
Movies Hech Mazha Maher
Hobbies Playing Veena, Delivering Motivational Lectures, Walking, Listening to Indian Classical Music
APJ Abdul Kalam Father (Jainulabiddin Marakayar)
APJ Abdul Kalam Father (Jainulabiddin Marakayar)
APJ Abdul Kalam Mother (Ashiamma Jainulabiddin)
APJ Abdul Kalam Mother (Ashiamma Jainulabiddin)
APJ Abdul Kalam Brother (Meera Lebbai Maraikayar)
APJ Abdul Kalam Brother (Meera Lebbai Maraikayar)

Family

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, born on 15 October 1931, came from a Tamil Muslim family. His father, Jainulabdeen Marakayar, was not only a boat owner but also served as an imam at a local mosque. His mother, Ashiamma, fulfilled the role of a dedicated housewife. Together, they formed a close-knit family unit, and Kalam was the youngest among his four brothers and one sister. Their shared heritage and religious affiliation shaped his upbringing and early experiences.

Age

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931, to a Tamil Muslim family in the pilgrimage center of Rameswaram on Pamban Island. He died (aged 83) in Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

Education

After completing his graduation, Kalam embarked on his professional journey by joining the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in 1960. In this role as a scientist, he quickly emerged as a prominent figure and made significant contributions to the advancement of India’s missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Height and Weight

His height is in inches 5’ 4” and weight kilograms- 60 kg.

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 As a Scientist

After graduating from the Madras University of Technology in 1960, APJ Abdul Kalam began his career as a scientist at the Aeronautics Development Establishment within DRDO. Initially, he focused on designing a small hovercraft, but he felt unsatisfied with his work there.

President of India (2002 to 2007)

Dr. Abdul Kalam assumed the esteemed position of President of India from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007. His nomination for the presidency garnered substantial support as he was a popular candidate backed by his party, the NDA, and other candidates. This overwhelming support led to a decisive victory for him during the election. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the first scientist and bachelor to reside in the prestigious Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President.

As a Writer

APJ Abdul Kalam was a great teacher, a favorite Leader, and a great scientist, but apart from these things, there is one more achievement he is well known for “his writings”. Here is a list of books by Dr APJ Abdul Kalama his career to inspire people.

  • Mission India
  • Unleashing the Power within India
  • An Autobiography Ignited Minds
  • Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology
  • A Vision for the New Millennium Wings of Fire
  • The Luminous Sparks
  • And other

Death Day

Abdul Kalam died on July 27, 2015 the day we left a man who desired a miracle for India’s youth was a bad day for India. His last words, to Srijan Pal Singh, were “Funny guy! Are you doing well?” “It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.”

 Career

Following his graduation from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). While these tests caused international concerns, they also elevated Kalam to the status of a national hero. In 2002, Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India, a position of great honor.

Achievements

Following his graduation from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). While these tests caused international concerns, they also elevated Kalam to the status of a national hero.

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