A.P.J. Kalam was the son of a boat owner in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. He rose to be a defense scientist which resulted in being awarded the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. He demonstrated great potential for dynamism and innovation in the research establishments.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

The autobiography Wings of Fire: An Autobiography is about his personal and professional struggles. Kalam mentions about his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs. He began his career, soon after his graduation from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited where he was assigned to build a prototype of a hovercraft. Later, when he was in ISRO, he assisted in developing Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre which became the first space launch-vehicle program.

Some optimistic quotes from the great man:

Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you,

But to help you realise your hidden potential and power,

Let difficulties know that you too are difficult.



All birds find shelter during a rain.

But Eagle avoids rain

By flying above the clouds.

Problems are common,

but attitude makes the difference.


His humble origins did not stop him and he went on to become the President of India. He has taught us to be optimistic, to dream big and be achievers in life.


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