Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
- Born in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu(now).
- Father Jainulabdeen
- Mother Ashiamma
- Siblings 4 (one sister), Youngest of all.
- Went to Schwartz Higher Secondary School
- Graduated in Physics from St. Joseph's College (affiliated under University of Madras)
- Aerospace Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology
- narrowly missed Fighter Pilot chance (IAF)
- Graduated in 1960
- Became member of DRDS and Joined as a Scientist DRDO
- 1969 Joined ISRO where he worked as a Project director for many Projects
- Played major part in Missile development like Agni, Prithvi.
- Between 1992-99 served as Chief Scientific advisor for the Prime Minister and Played a Crucial role in Nuclear tests (Pokhran)
- Became 11th President of India, 3rd President who is a Bharat Ratna Awardee.
- First Scientist and Bachelor President
- Affectionately known as "The People's President"
- In 2007 and 2012 He was proposed for his candidature as President but decided not to do so.
- Became visiting professor in many Universities in India
- An Honorary fellow of IISC Bangalore and Chancellor of IIST.
- 27th July 2015 Collapsed while giving lecture in IIM shillong and at 7:45PM IST he was confirmed dead due to cardiac arrest.
- Last words to Srijan Pal Singh, "Funny Guy! Are you doing well?"
Awards and Honours
- Padma Bhushan, 1981
- Padma Vibhushan, 1990
- Bharat Ratna, 1997
- Von Braun Award, 2013