Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, born on 15th October, 1931 in a small village in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, rose to become the President of India.
Even though he came from a poor and humble background, his desire to contribute to society never faded from his vision. He specialized in Aeronautical
Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalam joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a scientist. In 1969, Dr.
Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini Satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980.
Dr. Kalam’s contribution to the scientific world was immense, yet he was always modest about his achievements. After working for two decades in ISRO and
mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at DRDO 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.It is no surprise that Dr. Kalam was known as India’s Missile Man.
Dr. Kalam was elected as 11th President of India in July, 2002. As President, he shared his vision for India, addressing youth and old with the same passion which formed his entire life. Dr. Kalam was passionate for transforming society through technology especially in inspiring the youth of India to harness Science and Technology for human welfare.
Dr. Kalam, inspite of his achievements, always wanted to be remembered as a teacher. And it was as a teacher addressing a gathering at IIM Shillong that he breathed his last on the evening of 27th July, 2015. The photographs taken from the archives of Press Information Bureau and the Photo Division are being
released as a Photo Feature as a tribute to this great Son of India.