Interesting facts about Abdul Kalam

Monday, September 7, 2015

We. bring you list of Awards, Honours, Achievements and Interesting Facts about Abdul Kalam. Dr. Abdul Kalam Died on 27 July 2015 which ended journey of a man who inspired Millions of people all around the world, of all generations and of all age groups. He was a Scientist, A Teacher, A Socialist, A Philosopher, People’s President, a true nationalist and Forever a Student. He will Be Remembered and missed but more than that he will keep inspiring many more generations to come. Check some Interesting Facts about Abdul Kalam. Some Achievements as well.

Achievements & Interesting Facts About Abdul Kalam

1. After graduating from Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, Mr Kalam joined the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). He designed helicopters for the Indian Army.
2. In 1969 he got the Government’s approval to expand the programme by including more engineers and scientists.
3. Later he was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), where Mr Kalam worked as the project director for SLV-III, India’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle.
4. SLV-III successfully launched satellite Rohini to orbit on July 1980. From here Dr. Abdul Kalam expanded India’s space programme.
5. Under his leadership, India became a major military power after the successes of Agni and Prithvi.
6. He became Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation from July 1992 to December 1999.
7. In 1998, along with cardiologist Dr.Soma Raju, Kalam developed a low cost Coronary stent. It was named as “Kalam-Raju Stent” honouring them. In 2012, the duo designed a rugged tablet PC for health care in rural areas, which was named as “Kalam-Raju Tablet”
8. In 1998, the Pokhran-II tests cemented India’s nuclear prowess. Mr Kalam played the pivotal role in the project. He firmly told the international community that such arms were only to deter other nations from trying to subjugate India, and were only to be used as “weapons of peace”
9. In 2002 He became 11th President of India, supported by all political parties.
10. After the completion of his term as President, Mr Kalam became a visiting professor, wrote extensively and launched many initiatives for youth development.
11. “Wings Of Fire” his autobiography is one of the best selling Book in India which inspired Millions of people all around the world.
12. In May 2012, Kalam launched a programme for the youth of India called the What Can I Give Movement, with a central theme of defeating corruption.
13. In 2005, Switzerland declared 26 May as “Science Day” to commemorate Kalam’s visit to the country.
14. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society “to recognize excellence in the management and leadership of a space-related project.”
15. He received Honorary Doctorates from 40 Universities in the world.
16. Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognised as World Student Day by the United Nations

List of Awards & Honours Received By Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

YearName of award or honourAwarding organisation
2014Doctor of ScienceEdinburgh University,UK
2012Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa)Simon Fraser University
2011IEEE Honorary MembershipIEEE
2010Doctor of EngineeringUniversity of Waterloo
2009Honorary DoctorateOakland University
2009Hoover MedalASME Foundation, USA
2009International von Kármán Wings AwardCalifornia Institute of Technology, USA
2008Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa)Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2007King Charles II MedalRoyal Society, UK
2007Honorary Doctorate of ScienceUniversity of Wolverhampton, UK
2000Ramanujan AwardAlwars Research Centre, Chennai
1998Veer Savarkar AwardGovernment of India
1997Indira Gandhi Award for National IntegrationIndian National Congress
1997Bharat RatnaGovernment of India
1994Distinguished FellowInstitute of Directors (India)
1990Padma VibhushanGovernment of India
1981Padma BhushanGovernment of India
These are Some Achievements and Amazing Facts about Kalam. In addition to that list of Honours and Awards given to One of the greatest Teacher of India – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. We salute You Sir for showing path and inspiring us.

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