News FocusA. P. J. ABDUL KALAM PROFILE

The Political Ascent of an Indian Missile Man

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Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 503
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.503

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NEW DELHI-- He's an aeronautical engineer, a devout Muslim, and a workaholic who shuns the limelight. But however one describes India's new president, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam hardly fits the mold of his predecessors, career politicians being rewarded for decades of faithful service. Indeed, his scientific colleagues hope that Kalam's election will send a new message to the country's 1 billion citizens: Technology can take you to the top.

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