A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

1931 - 2015

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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam ( (listen); 15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was an Indian aerospace scientist and statesman who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam has received more than 37,105,572 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is the 171st most popular politician (up from 220th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from India (down from 7th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Politician.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is most famous for being the 11th President of India, and for his contributions to the development of India's missile and space programs.

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Among politicians, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ranks 171 out of 15,577Before him are Alexander I of Russia, Pol Pot, Catherine I of Russia, Demosthenes, Batu Khan, and Joanna of Castile. After him are Henry III of France, Akbar, Reinhard Heydrich, Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, Suleiman II, and Thutmose III.

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Among people born in 1931, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ranks 4Before him are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Rajneesh. After him are Toni Morrison, James Dean, Raúl Castro, Chun Doo-hwan, Monica Vitti, Desmond Tutu, Philip Kotler, and Robert Duvall. Among people deceased in 2015, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ranks 2Before him is John Forbes Nash Jr.. After him are Lee Kuan Yew, Günter Grass, Omar Sharif, Demis Roussos, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Lee, Terry Pratchett, Tomas Tranströmer, Helmut Schmidt, and B.B. King.

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Among people born in India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ranks 9 out of 1,493Before him are Ashoka (-304), George Orwell (1903), Rajneesh (1931), Narendra Modi (1950), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), and Amitabh Bachchan (1942). After him are Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Vivien Leigh (1913), Ramakrishna (1836), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Nagarjuna (150), and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887).


Among politicians born in India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ranks 4Before him are Rama (null), Ashoka (-304), and Narendra Modi (1950). After him are Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Indira Gandhi (1917), Shivaji (1627), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Aurangzeb (1618), and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888).