28/07/2015 1:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Dr Abdul Kalam, The 'People's President'

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New Delhi, INDIA: India's outgoing President A P J Abdul Kalam waves while meeting guests during a reception at the Presidential palace in New Delhi, 22 July 2007. Kalam's term expires on 24 July and he is set to be replaced by Pratibha Patil, (72), a politician nominated by the ruling Congress Party and who will become India's first woman president. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

From a space scientist to a Bharat Ratna awardee and eventually India's 11th President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam led an illustrious life.

He was loved by politicians across the party divide and was the first person to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan who could truly be called the 'People's President'.

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    APJ Abdul Kalam, a space scientist, being clicked at his office in New Delhi during the year 1980.
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    (From left) ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, Atomic Energy Commission chief R Chidambaram and defence ministry's scientific adviser APJ Abdul Kalam at SIES, Chembur, in Mumbai on June 27, 1999.
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    Satish Dhawan, APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi clicked together at a function to honour the space scientists in Delhi during the year 1980.
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    Dr Abdul Kalam interacting with Dr Satish Dhawan, a space scientist and Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at his office in Delhi during the year 1980.
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    Special team: Five early recruits to the space programme who were sent to the U.S. for training; (from left) R. Aravamudan, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, H.G.S. Murthy, B. Ramakrishna Rao, andD. Easwaradas.— Photo: From the personal collection of R. Aravamudan
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    Senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh (centre) and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi meet with the President A P J Abdul Kalam after the former was elected as Congress parliamentary party chief, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on May 19, 2004.
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    President of India A P J Abdul Kalam in a conversation with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee while former Prime Minister I K Gujral looks on, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on January 23, 2003.
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    President APJ Abdul Kalam shaking hands with US President George W. Bush as Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur and first US lady Laura Bush look on, at the ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 2, 2006.
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    Missile Man's Farewell Function: President A P J Abdul Kalam arriving to attend the farewell function in his honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on July 22, 2007.

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