A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Wiki, Bio, Education, Death, Family, Height, Weight, Career & More

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a respected Indian scientist and statesman, was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, India, and passed away on July 27, 2015, in Shillong. He played a key role in the advancement of India’s missile and nuclear programs. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the President of India, leaving a significant mark on the nation’s scientific and political arenas.

Kalam’s educational background in aeronautical engineering started at the Madras Institute of Technology. After graduating in 1958, he joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). His career trajectory shifted in 1969 when he joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), where he was the project director of the SLV-III, India’s first self-developed satellite launch vehicle. This project was a notable achievement in India’s space exploration history.

In 1982, Kalam returned to the DRDO and played a pivotal role in developing various missiles, most notably the Agni, India’s first intermediate-range ballistic missile, launched in 1989. The Agni missile combined technology from the SLV-III with other innovative approaches. Kalam’s influential leadership in these missile projects earned him the nickname “Missile Man,” highlighting his significant contribution to enhancing India’s defense capabilities.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Wiki/Bio

Name Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Full Name
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Nick Name Missile Man of India
Date of Death 27 July 2015
Date of Birth 15 October 1931
Profession Scientist, Politician
Famous for development of missiles that goes by the name Agni and Prithvi
Birthplace Rameswaram, India
Zodiac Sign Libra
Hometown Rameswaram, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Muslim
Place of Death Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Mother Tongue Tamil
Gender Male
Death Cause Cardiac arrest (Stroke)
Interests/Hobbies Playing Veena, Delivering Motivational Lectures, Walking, Listening to Indian Classical Music

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Physical Appearance

Height in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5ft 6in
Weight In KG: 60kg
Hair Color White
Eye Color Black
Skin Color Fair

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Family & Relationship

Father Jainulabiddin Marakayar (A boat owner and Imam of a local Mosque)
Mother Ashiamma Jainulabiddin (Housewife)
  • Kasim Mohammed
  • Mustafa Kamal
  • Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar
  • Asim Zohra (eldest)
Wife N/A
Marital Status Unmarried
Marriage Date N/A
Children(s) N/A


St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Educational Qualification Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College, the University of Madras in 1954
A Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960
School Schwartz Higher Secondary School, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Net Worth, Awards

Net Worth  Approx. US$1.25 billion
Awards 1981: Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
1990: Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India
1997: Bharat Ratna by the Government of India
1998: Veer Savarkar Award by the Government of India
2007: King Charles II Medal by Royal Society, UK
2009: Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA
2013: Von Braun Award by National Space Society
2014: Doctor of Science by Edinburgh University, UK


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