Former President,Famous scientist,Role model of the youth, the missile man APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday following a massive heart attack. Kalam (84) collapsed at IIM Shillong at about 6.52 pm while he was delivering a lecture. He was rushed to Bethany Hospital in at Nongrim Hills where doctors pronounced him dead.
Kalam, who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007, was born on 15 October 1931at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father Jainulabuden was a boat owner and mother Ashiamma was housewife. His family was very poor. He studied physics and aerospace engineering in Madras.Kalam spent almost four decades as a scientist and science administrator at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Entire world, Specially the youth shocked knowing Kalam’s news.
His role in development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology earned him the ‘Missile Man’. Kalam played a pivotal role in the nuclear tests conducted in 1998 in Pokharan.
Kalam, the most accomplished scientist, was conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1997 for his immense and valuable contribution to country’s scientific research and modernisation of defence technology. He was awarded PadmaBhushan in 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in 1990. His association with Hyderabad was great. Kalam worked in the DRDO Hyderabad and developed Research Centre Imarath(RCI).