APJ Abdul Kalam’s autobiography depicts an extraordinary life: a child born into a little-educated family of boat-owners in Rameswaram---a small pilgrim town in Tamilnadu---who grew up to lead India’s space research and missile development programmes, and emerged as one of the most important scientist-leaders of our time.
Wings of Fire is a powerful story of courage and belief, as much an individual journey as the saga of independent India’s search for scientific and technological self-sufficiency. This simplified and abridged version now makes Dr Kalam’s inspirational story accessible to all readers.
A comprehensive glossary provides help in the understanding of technical terms. This Special Student Edition contains Exercises.
APJ Abdul Kalam was born in 1931 to a little-educated family of boat-owners in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu. He went on to have an unparalleled career as a scientist in India, culminating in the receipt of India's higher civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
As mission director in the launch of SLV-3, India's first satellite launch vehicle, and later, as chief of the country's defence research and development programme, he realised the potential for dynamism and innovation in India's research establishments. This is as much the story of Dr. Kalam's own rise from obscurity and hist personal and professional struggles, as it is the saga of independent India's struggle for self-reliance in defence technology.
Dr. Kalam was sworn in as the eleventh President of India on 25 July 2002.
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