Going through the innumerable number of images on your timelines and the continuous feed on news channels, by now you would have realised the shock that the whole nation is in at the untimely demise of a President like no other that India has seen before – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
There are no words that can justify any obituary. Every eulogy will just fall flat on it’s face and so we decided not to do one. Instead, here are the achievements of the Missile man, the People’s President that throw light on what this greatest of men did for our Nation.
(With Inputs from Wikipedia)
- Dr. Abdul Kalam graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in 1960 to join the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). He designed helicopters for the Indian Army but was unsatisfied with this career choice.
- 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.
- In the 1980s he led India’s missile programme. Under his leadership, India became a major military power after the successes of Agni and Prithvi. This is also how he came to be known as ‘The Missile Man’.
- He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation from July 1992 to December 1999.
- 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”.
- The Pokhran-II tests cemented India’s nuclear prowess and Dr 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”.
- All the political parties of India unanimously voted for Dr Kalam in 2002 as the 11th President of India.
- “Wings of Fire” and “India 2020” are modern classics written by Dr APJ Kalam and have motivated millions of Indians.
Here is a list of the Degrees he earned and those conferred upon him by Prestigious Institutions all over the world.
Year Name of award or honour Awarding organisation
2014 Doctor of Science Edinburgh University,UK
2012 Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) Simon Fraser University
2011 IEEE Honorary Membership IEEE
2010 Doctor of Engineering University of Waterloo
2009 Honorary Doctorate Oakland University
2009 Hoover Medal ASME Foundation, USA
2009 International von Kármán Wings Award California Institute of Technology, USA
2008 Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2007 King Charles II Medal Royal Society, UK
2007 Honorary Doctorate of Science University of Wolverhampton, UK
2000 Ramanujan Award Alwars Research Centre, Chennai
1998 Veer Savarkar Award Government of India
1997 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration Indian National Congress
1997 Bharat Ratna Government of India
1994 Distinguished Fellow Institute of Directors (India)
1990 Padma Vibhushan Government of India
1981 Padma Bhushan Government of India