Meeting Arun Tiwari, Dr.Abdul Kalam’s Friend & Co-Author of ‘Wings of Fire’
Tomorrow should be an interesting day. As part of a consulting gig I do for Satyam Computer Services, I get to meet Arun Tiwari, better known as the co-author of Abdul Kalam’s bestselling biography ‘Wings of Fire’.
Just like most of us, I knew nothing about Arun Tiwari, until I got an email saying that tomorrow morning I’m part of a team meeting him. Heck, I did not even know he was the co-author of the book, even though I read it.
And so, I googled him… and came up with interesting facts.
a) Arun is a missle scientist who worked along with Kalam on ‘Trishul’ and ‘Akash’ missiles.
b) He is credited with designing the country’s first titanium bottle used to power missiles.
c) He, along with Kalam, designed the indigenous coronary stent used in by-pass surgeries known as the Kalam-Raju stent.
d) He designed the country’s first satellite-based telemedicine system.
e) He was the first non-medical director of the Cardiovascular Technology Institute at Hyderabad.
f) He doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry, which is a shame. I should start a page on him later in the day.