A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India (#513)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India and a world-renowned scientist who helped turn that nation into a nuclear power, talks about his vision to make India a developed country and his championship of educational causes.
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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a central figure in India's efforts to develop its own nuclear weapons. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, he is known for his work on development of the ballistic missile and space rocket technology. He was elected president of India, a largely ceremonial post, in 2002, the third Muslim elected to the position in the predominately Hindu nation. He served as president until 2007.
He was scheduled to make several speeches in Kentucky during a two-week visit to the state in April 2010. Kalam writes about his vision for a developed India on his Web site.