Vikram Sarabhai Biography


Considered as the Father of the Indian Space Program, Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was born on 12th August 1919 to Ambalal Sarabhai and Sarala Sarabhai. After matriculating from the Gujarat College, he cleared the Intermediate Science Examination and moved to London.
He joined St. John's College, University of Cambridge. Due to the problems of Second World War he returned to India and joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

This innovator got married to the famous dancer of that time, Mrinalini Sarabhai in 1942. The whole family of Vikram Sarabhai was involved in freedom struggle and he himself was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. Vikram Sarabhai again went abroad and after getting doctorate's degree for his thesis 'Cosmic Ray Investigation in Tropical Latitudes', Sarabhai returned to India in 1947. After returning to an independent India he felt the need of science and technology for the development of the nation. He wholeheartedly plunged into developing the Space Programs of India. He was not an ordinary scientist interested in just development of rockets and space programs instead was the man who was inclined to use all the aspects of science and technology as 'levers of development'.

To help the cause of the developing India, Vikram Sarabhai founded the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. He was not just a scientist, but a dreamer, an innovator who not only developed science and technology institutions but also laid the foundation of some of the developmental and management institutes. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and the Nehru Foundation for Development are the two world- famous organizations established by this philanthropist. He also set up Ahmadabad Textiles Industrial Research Association(ATIRA),Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) and Blind Man Association(BMA). One of the greatest achievements of Vikram Sarabhai was the development of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It was due to his efforts that this space organization came into being.

Vikram Sarabhai left for his heavenly abode on 31st December 1971 at Kovalam.


Last Updated on : January 30, 2014

  Related Links  
Scientists
Prafulla Chandra RoyHomi J. Bhabha
M.K. Vainu BappuJagdish Chandra Bose
G. N. RamachandranM.S. Swaminathan
Bhaskara I Meghnad Saha
Bhaskara I Sam Pitroda
Aryabhatta IIShanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
Bhaskara IISir C.V. Raman
Harish ChandraSubrahmanyam Chandrasekhar
AryabhattaVikram Sarabhai
Dr. H. Khorana 


     


     

Which State is biggest Jute producer? West Bengal is the largest producer of jute in India. India is the largest producer of jute in the world. Approximately 60 percent of the total world produce of jute is cultivated in India… Read More...
Which State is the Largest Tea producer? Assam is the largest producer of tea in India. India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world, second only to China. India recorded a total production of 1233.14 million… Read More...
Which State is the Largest Mica Producer? Andhra Pradesh is the largest producer of mica in India. For over hundred years, India had enjoyed monopoly in production and export of sheet mica in the world. Of late,… Read More...

We follow editorialcalls.org for border and boundary demarcations

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Twitter Share to Twitter Share