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A.P.J. Kalam, former president known as father of India's military missile program, dies at 83

  • FILE- In this Feb. 3, 2006 file photo, the then Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to well-wishers prior to boarding his limousine upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India.The president from 2002 until 2007 was known as the father of the country's military missile program. He was 83. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file)

    FILE- In this Feb. 3, 2006 file photo, the then Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to well-wishers prior to boarding his limousine upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India.The president from 2002 until 2007 was known as the father of the country's military missile program. He was 83. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows former Indian President Abdul Kalam at a function in Bangalore, India. Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India.The president from 2002 until 2007 was known as the father of the country's military missile program. He was 83. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows former Indian President Abdul Kalam at a function in Bangalore, India. Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India.The president from 2002 until 2007 was known as the father of the country's military missile program. He was 83. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former Indian President A.P.J. Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India.

The president from 2002 until 2007 was known as the father of the country's military missile program.

B. Warjri, chief secretary of Meghalaya state, said Kalam died Monday evening at a hospital. He was 83.

Kalam fell sick Monday while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya city of Shillong.