The year 2020 has counted Vikram Sarabhai’s 49th death anniversary. The Father of the Indian Space program, also known as one of the greatest Indian scientists. Vikram Sarabhai was the person who started the Indian space research and helped in developing nuclear power in the country.
Vikram Sarabhai was born to Ambalal Sarabhai on August 12, 1919. He was honored for his works with Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan in 1972. Today, on Vikram Sarabhai’s 49th death anniversary, here are some of the lesser-known facts about the great Indian scientist:
- Known as India’s cradle of space sciences, the PRL (Physical Research Laboratory) was founded in 1947 by Vikram Sarabhai. It had a modest initiation at his residence, the “RETREAT” program which was the research on Cosmic Rays.
- The Sarabhai family-owned business conglomerate was led by Vikram Sarabhai, whereas his interests always varied from science to sports to statistics. Vikram Sarabhai set up the operations research group (ORG) which was also the first market research organization in India.
- Among many recognized institutes Vikram Sarabhai helped setting up was the Nehru Foundation for Development in Ahmedabad, the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIMA), the Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA), and the Cept Research and Development Foundation.
- The Indian Space Research Organization’s lead facility, The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) for launch vehicle development is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is named in Vikram Sarabhai’s memory.
- Also India’s moon mission, the Chandrayan-2, which was to land near the South Pole of the moon on September 20, 2019, was named in Vikram Sarabhai’s honor.
- Vikram Sarabhai was married to the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942 and they had two children. Mallika, Vikram Sarabhai’s daughter gained a reputation as an actress and activist, whereas his son Kartikeya too became an active person in the field of science.
Vikram Sarabhai was also the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He played a major role in the creation of the Indian Institute of Management, among other Ahmedabad-based industrialists. Today on Vikram Sarabhai’s 49th death anniversary, paying homage to the father of India’s space program, the ISRO has also declared an award in honor of his name on Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th Birthday.