Vikram Sarabhai: Man Behind Establishing Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

On August 12, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Vikram Sarabhai, who is considered as the father of India's space program. He is popular across the country for establishing the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), which was renamed later as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Google commemorated his century birthday with an illustration. On the eve of his birth centenary, let's explore Vikram Sarabhai biography along with his achievements and inventions.

 

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Vikram Sarabhai Biography

Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai born on August 12, 1919, in Ahmadabad and died December 30, 1971, Kovalam. He was born into a family of industrialists. He earned his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, England. After moving to India during World War II, he undertook research in cosmic rays under physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Mr Sarabhai returned to Cambridge post World War II and went on to pursue his doctorate and submitted a thesis "Cosmic Ray Investigations in Tropical Latitudes," in 1947. He established the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmadabad. Vikram Sarabhai is also active in industry and business. He founded Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association in 1947 and actively looked after until 1956. Sarabhai is also the man behind setting up the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad in 1962 to cater to the need for management professionals in the country.

Vikram Sarabhai established Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in 1962 which was renamed later as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He should be credited for setting up the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India.

Dr Sarabhai took charge as the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India after the death of physicist Homi Bhabha in 1966. He is the man behind foundations for developing indigenous nuclear technology for defence.

Vikram Sarabhai worked meticulously to ignite India's first satellite, Aryabhata. Unfortunately, he had not witnessed its launch in 1975 which took place four years after Sarabhai's death. Dr Vikram Sarabhai was honoured with India's civilian awards Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 1966 and 1972 (posthumously), respectively.

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