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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: The People's President, The Missile Man of India

Pawan Sikka (Editor)

Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) rose from humble beginnings to become India's top missile and space scientist and its first technocrat President (2002-2007). Earlier, the former President was actively involved in India's civilian space programme and defence missile development efforts. Dr Kalam, a political to the core, endeared himself to the youth, particularly students, with his almost evangelical-type appeal to strive for creativity, righteousness and courage. Even eight years after he left his august address, he continued to shower students and citizens alike, within India as well as abroad, ignited their minds with his innovative ideas and theories. He collapsed while delivering a talk on the livable planet earth, at the IIM Shillong, on 27 July 2015 at the age of 83. He was a great son of India. This book is a collection of glorious tributes paid by his fellow scientists, technocrats and colleagues, political leaders, media professionals, friends and admirers touching upon the various facets of his life and work and his contributions as a defence and space scientist, administrator, educator, author, great human being etc. He gave wings to their dreams. A very useful and inspiring book for the younger generations, students, researchers, historians of science, policy-planners, libraries etc., providing them with an insight into the life and work of the noble soul Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, as well as his patriotic feelings for carrying out the indigenous scientific and technological efforts towards the socio-economic development of India of the 21st century. He dreamt of India to emerge as a developed nation by 2020. Dr. Kalam will be a role model for millions of young men and women in the country fired by the ambition of achieving greater things in life.

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Pawan Sikka

Dr. Pawan Sikka is a solid state physicist, science –policy analyst, academicians and science - administrator. He is former Advisor/ Scientist - G, Ministry/department of Science and technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. He has held various senior positions there during 1974-2004. He was Director (International relations) for science and technology, 1989-1994. As a Principal scientific officer of the DST in 1985-89, he was associated with the then apex Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. He holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Physics. Under the British Council ODA Scholarship, he was a Visiting fellow to the university of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. for Science policy Studies in the academic year 1984-85. He has contributed a number of technical papers, on the Physics of amorphous semi-conducting glasses, as well as on the science  - policy related issues concerning the post-independence development of science and technology in India, in national and international journals. He is a life member of the: Oxford and Cambridge Society f India, New Delhi; association of British scholars, British Council, New Delhi; Materials research Society of India, Hyderabad; and Semi-Conductor Society of India, New Delhi. He is widely traveled in India and abroad. He has delivered special lectures on science policy related studies, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU) New Delhi. His another book, Rajiv Gandhi - His Vision of India of the 21st Century: science, technology and national development, is widely read by scholars and academics the world over.

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Title Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: The People's President, The Missile Man of India
Author Pawan Sikka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176580885
length xiv+230p., Illustrations; 23cm.
Subjects History