Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Profession: Professor, Author, Aerospace Scientist

Brothers of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Kasim Mohammed, Mustafa Kamal, Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar

Father of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Jainulabiddin Marakayar (A boat owner and Imam of a local Mosque)

Mother of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Ashiamma Jainulabiddin (Housewife

Sister of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Asim Zohra (eldest)

Favourite Subject(s) of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

Mathematics, Physics

Awards/Honours of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

1981: Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
1990: Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India
1997: Bharat Ratna by the Government of India
1998: Veer Savarkar Award by the Government of India
2007: King Charles II Medal by Royal Society, UK
2009: Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA
2013: Von Braun Award by National Space Society
2014: Doctor of Science by Edinburgh University, UK

Controversies of Dr. APJ Adbul Kalam

During his tenure as the President of India, Kalam was criticised for his inaction in deciding the fate of 20 out of the 21 mercy petitions submitted to him. He acted on only one mercy plea in his 5-year tenure, rejecting the plea of rapist Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who was later hanged. Perhaps the most notable plea was from Afzal Guru who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2004. The pending action on his mercy plea resulted in him remaining on death row.   In 2005, Kalam also took the controversial decision to impose President's Rule in Bihar.   In 2011, civil groups criticised him over his stand on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant as he supported the establishment of the nuclear power plant and was accused of not speaking with the local people.  

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