Abdul Kalam: Man of Honors and Awards

Abdul Kalam: Man of Honors and Awards


Former Chief executive APJ Abdul Kalam, the 'Missile Man' who came to be known as 'People's President' passed away on Thursday after he flattened during a session at the IIM.

He was one of the most recognized researchers of India with the exclusive honor of getting honorary doctorates from 30 colleges and organizations. He has been granted the popular private prizes - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the biggest private prize Bharat Ratna (1997).  Bharat Ratna   is the biggest private prize of the Republic of India, implemented on 2nd Jan 1954, the prize is conferred "in identification of remarkable service/performance of the biggest order", without difference of competition, profession, position, or sex. The prize was initially restricted to success in the artistry, literary works,technology and public services but the govt extended the requirements to include "any area of human endeavour" in Dec 2011.He was also a receiver of several other prizes and other of many expert organizations.


List of awards:

  •          IEEE Honorary Membership, IEEE in 2011
  •           Doctor of Engineering, University of Waterloo in 2010
  •           Hoover Medal ASME Foundation, USA in 2009
  •           International von Kármán Wings Award, California Institute of Technology, USA in 2009
  •           Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2008
  •           King Charles II Medal Royal Society, UK in 2007
  •           Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Wolverhampton, UK in 2007
  •           Ramanujan Award, Alwars Research Centre, Chennai in 2000
  •           Veer Savarkar Award, Government of India in 1998
  •           Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, Government of India in 1997
  •           Bharat Ratna, Government of India in 1997
  •           Padma Vibhushan, Government of India in 1990 
  •           Padma Bhushan, Government of India in 1981

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