Indian scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
He attended Madras Institute of Technology, worked as an aerospace engineer.
His 1998 book India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium called for the development of India into a superpower.
He grew up with three brothers and a sister in Rameswaram, India.
He met with Vladimir Putin while serving as India's president.