Jammu and Kashmir
Sunday, May 19, 2013
National Science Day: Remembering Heroes of India
APJ Abdul Kalam
Also known as the Missile Man of India, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15-10-1931 in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. Kalam joined the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in 1958 and served as a senior scientific assistant, heading a small team that developed a prototype hovercraft. Then he moved out of DRDO in 1962 and joined the Indian space programme. From 1963 to 1982, he served the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in various capacities. Scientist APJ Abdul Kalam was responsible for sending Rohini satellite into the earth’s orbit using SLV-3. He played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India`s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.
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