Nation mourns death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam

He breathed his last in Shillong late Monday evening.

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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam died on July 27. He was admitted to a hospital following sudden illness. Kalam (84) took ill at a function here and was rushed to the hospital, M Kharkrang. The former President collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management here at around 6.30pm and was taken to the hospital.

Born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Kalam studied physics and aerospace engineering. He served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007 and was awarded the nation's top civilian awards, including Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna.

Kalam spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime and the Secretary of the DRDO from 1992 to 199. The Pokhran II nuclear tests were conducted during this period.

He also wrote 14 books on various topics including India 2020 and Wings of Fire and Ignited Minds.

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