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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: ????? ????? ???????????? ??????? ?????) usually referred to as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India who served from 2002 to 2007. During his term as President, he was popularly known as the People's President.

Before his term as India's president, he worked as an aeronautical engineer with DRDO and ISRO. He is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on development of ballistic missile and space rocket technology. Kalam played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

He is currently the chancellor of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, a professor at Anna University (Chennai), a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, JSS University in Mysore, and an adjunct/visiting faculty at many other academic and research institutions across India.


11th President of India
In office
25 July 2002 ? 24 July 2007
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Manmohan Singh
Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Preceded by K. R. Narayanan
Succeeded by Pratibha Patil

Born 15 October 1931 (1931-10-15) (age 79)
Rameshwaram, Madras Presidency, British Raj
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Null
Alma mater St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli
Madras Institute of Technology
Profession Aerospace Engineer
Administrator
Religion Islam
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