ISU mourns for the loss of a strong supporter from India
It is with strong regret and sadness that ISU learned about the sudden demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam was the father of the Indian Space program as a space propulsion scientist.
Later he dedicated his career to education of several generations of Indian space scientists and was even elected as President of India.
It was in that capacity that ISU had the honor to receive him in April 2007 at the Central Campus in Strasbourg.
This lead to very open discussions on cooperation after which Dr. Kalam gave a speech to a large invited public in the ISU auditorium. At this occasion he donated a number of his works to ISU, which are now having a prominent place in the ISU Library. As a kind person, he was very approachable for the Indian students in ISU and gave to all the opportunity to ask questions.
A summary of this Q&A session in the ISU auditorium was recorded and can be found HERE.
Dr. Kalam was a visionary and very inspirational person and a thorough believer in the universality of space programs. He therefore was also very instrumental in enhancing the cooperation between ISU and ISRO.
ISU deeply regrets his passing away, but will for always keep him in high regards as a strong ISU supporter.