Widely referred to as the "People's President", he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term.
He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
Apart from reading, he has great interest in Indian classical music and is also a good writer.
His two books ‘India 2020’ and ‘Wings of Fire’ depict his personality as a thinker as well as a great visionary.
Soon after taking oath of office as President, he addressed his countrymen, announcing his resolve to make India a developed country as soon as possible. Our President is secular to the core and hence his great Popularity with all sections of society.
He even reads the Quoran as well as the Gita everyday and greets his visitors with Ram Ram’ and ‘Salam’.
In 1969, Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980; Kalam had first started work on an expandable rocket project independently at DRDO in 1965.
Between the 1970s and 1990s, Kalam made an effort to develop the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful.
They include Agni, Akash, Prithvi, Naag, Trishul etc. Kalam became famous as the ‘Missile Man, all over the country’.
Our first nuclear test at Pokhran in Rajasthan was successfully carried out under his supervision.