October 29, 2009

State of Alabama
Press Release: Lt. Governor Folsom (2007-11)

Lt. Governor Folsom Hosts Former Indian President Kalam

Lt. Governor Folsom Hosts Former Indian President Kalam

World renowned scientist and statesman visits educational , technical sites


(Montgomery, AL)  Alabama Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. and Mrs. Marsha Folsom led a delegation that hosted former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Addul Kalam during his recent visit to Alabama October 27-28.


Dr. Kalam served as President of India from 2002 to 2007.  During his term, he was popularly known as the People's President.


Dr. Kalam’s accomplishments as a scientist and engineer propelled the Indian aerospace industry to the forefront of international aerospace design and development.” Governor Folsom said.  Dr. Kalam’s commitment to education, human rights, and the development of his nation’s youth secured his legacy for generations to come.”


In Alabama, Dr. Kalam visited laboratories and research facilities at Alabama State University in Montgomery, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.  Additionally, the delegation met privately with Alabama Governor Bob Riley and attended a press conference where Governor Riley announced plans for a May, 2010 trade mission to India.


Before his term as India's president, Dr. Kalam worked as an aeronautical engineer and is recognized as the Missile Man of India for his work on development of ballistic missile and space rocket technology.

His visit to Alabama included a special event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and a presentation by NASA officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.


Kalam played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India's historic nuclear tests in 1998, the first since 1974.  He is a professor at Anna University (Chennai) and adjunct/visiting faculty at many other academic and research institutions across India.


In April, Dr. Kalam was awarded the Hoover Medal, America's top engineering prize, for his outstanding contribution to public service.

 

 



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