New Delhi: Google on Monday celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of the India’s space programme founder – Dr. Vikram Sarabhai with a doodle on its homepage.
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, also known as the Father of the Indian Space Program, was a great institutional builder and scientist who had helped establish a large number of institutions in several fields.
Considered the Father of the Indian space program, Vikram Sarabhai was an award-winning physicist, industrialist, and innovator who established the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Earlier called the Indian National Committee for Space Research, ISRO was established in 1962 by him.
Born in Ahmedabad in 1919 on this day, Vikram Sarabhai attended Gujarat College before earning his doctorate from Cambridge University.
After returning to India, he founded the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on November 11, 1947 when he was 28-years-old.
Vikram Sarabhai successfully convinced the Indian government of the importance of a space programme after the Russian Sputnik launch.
Dr. Homi Bhabha, widely regarded as the father of India’s nuclear science program, supported Vikram Sarabhai in setting up the first rocket launching station in India. The inaugural flight was launched on November 21, 1963, with a sodium vapour payload.
Vikram Sarabhai’s dialogue with NASA in 1966 helped the launch of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) during July 1975 – July 1976 years after his death in 1971.
He also started a project for the fabrication and launch of an Indian Satellite. As a result, the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was put in orbit in 1975 from a Russian Cosmodrome.
He was instrumental in establishing the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad. He was also Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He along with other Ahmedabad-based industrialists played a major role in the creation of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.