NEW DELHI: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam who was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameshwaram of Tamil Nadu State. He studied physics and aerospace engineering and came to be known for his contribution to the world of science and humanity. He was also known as the ‘Missile Man of India’ for his outstanding contribution to the development of ballistic missile and launching vehicle technology.
The 87th birth anniversary of the Missile Man is being celebrated On October 15, 2018 (Monday) by several common men, celebrities and politicians in India.
“Tributes to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary today. His simplicity, his dedication to his profession, his patriotism & his love for children will continue to inspire us. His life will keep encouraging young people to have dreams with ‘Wings of Fire’,” tweeted Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.
Abdul Kalam became as the eleventh president of India in the year 2002.
He was several honoured with prestigious awards like Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, and Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.
APJ Kalam lost his last breath due to cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015 at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (IIM Shillong) when he was delivering a speech to students. His last words reportedly were to his long-time aide Srijan Pal Singh “Funny guy! Are you doing well?”