5 Facts About Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

1. Kalam as a scientist in DRDO

Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist.

2. Kalam was a part of country’s first nuclear test

Kalam without participating in its development, test site preparation and weapon designing was invited by Raja Ramanna to witness the country’s first nuclear test Smiling Buddha as the representative of TBRL.

3. Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant issue

Kalam was also disparaged by civil groups over his stand on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, where he encouraged setting up of the nuclear power plant without discussing the situation with the local people.

4.Education of Abdul Kalam

In his prolific career spanning decades, A P J Kalam held the distinction of holding doctorates(Ph.D. degrees) from over 40 universities across the world!

5.The awards and honours

In the year 1997, Kalam received India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to scientific research and the modernization of defence technology in India.