Dr Kalam was a pioneer in developing the country's missile projects. In 1997, he received the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India. He is a recipient of several other awards including the Padma Bhushan (1981) and the Padma Vibhushan (1990). In 2002, Dr Kalam became the 11th President of India. But he always referred to himself as a teacher first.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's inspirational quotes