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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Today is his 83rd birthday.
Kalam is also known as the 'Missile Man' of India for his contribution to the development of the ballistic missile.
Kalam had graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology, after which he worked at DRDO and ISRO.
He played a key role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
Did you know that Kalam's 79th birthday was recognised by the United Nations as World Students' Day?
He was also the project director of India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle.
Abdul Kalam with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama
Kalam has been honoured with the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
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