100th Birth Anniversary of ISRO founder Vikram Sarabhai

100th Birth Anniversary of ISRO founder Vikram Sarabhai


Today is the 100th Birth Anniversary of ISRO founder Vikram Sarabhai. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971) was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India's space programme. Dr. Sarabhai was a dreamer and had an extraordinary ability to make his dream come true with hard work. According to Nobel Prize winner French Physicist Pierre Curie, Dr. Sarabhai's aim was to make life a dream and to make that dream come true.  

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.

Early Life 

He was the son of Ambalal Sarabhai & Sarala Sarabhai, he came from the famous Sarabhai family of India who were major industrialists committed to the Indian independence movement. He married the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942.

A Great Institution Builder

Dr. Sarabhai was a great institution builder. Here are the list of some very important institutions built/founded by Dr. Sarabhai-
  • Physics Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad; 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad; 
  • Community Science Center; Ahmedabad, 
  • Darpan Academy for Performing Arts, Ahmedabad; 
  • Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Thiruvananthapuram; 
  • Space Applications Center, Ahmedabad; 
  • Faster Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) Kalpakkam; 
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Project, Kolkata; 
  • Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) Hyderabad and 
  • Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) Jaduguda, Bihar.

Distinguished Positions

President of the Physics section, Indian Science Congress (1962)
President of the General Conference of the I.A.E.A., Vienna (1970)
Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India (1966–1971)
Vice-President, Fourth UN Conference on 'Peaceful uses of Atomic Energy' (1971)
Founder and Chairman (1963–1971), Space Applications Centre

A Great Scientist/Person

Indian Postal Department released a commemorative Postal Stamp On his first death anniversary (30 December 1972)
In 1973, the International Astronomical Union decided that a lunar crater, Bessel A, in the Sea of Serenity will be known as the Sarabhai crater.
The lander on India's moon mission Chandrayaan II is named Vikram in his honor which will finally land near South Pole of the moon on Sep 7, 2019.
On the 100th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Sarabhai, Google make a Doodle in his honor.

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