Considered as the Father of the Indian Space Program, Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was born on 12 August 1919 to Ambalal Sarabhai and Sarala Sarabhai. In the wake of registering from the Gujarat College, he cleared the Intermediate Science Examination and moved to London. He joined St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. Because of the issues of the Second World War, he came back to India and joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr. Sarabhai came back to Cambridge post World War II and proceeded to seek after his doctorate and presented a postulation “Vast Ray Investigations in Tropical Latitudes,” in 1947. He built up the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmadabad. Vikram Sarabhai was additionally dynamic in industry and business. He established Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association in 1947 and effectively took care of until 1956.
This trailblazer got hitched to the well-known artist of that time, Mrinalini Sarabhai in 1942. His daughter Mallika and son Karthikeya too became famous in their own domains. The entire group of Vikram Sarabhai was associated with opportunity battle and he himself was incredibly impacted by Mahatma Gandhi. Vikram Sarabhai again traveled to another country and subsequent to getting the doctorate qualification for his postulation ‘Grandiose Ray Investigation in Tropical Latitudes’, Sarabhai came back to India in 1947. In the wake of coming back to an autonomous India, he felt the need of science and innovation for the improvement of the country. He wholeheartedly dived into building up the Space Programs of India. He was not a customary researcher inspired by only making rockets and space programs. Rather, he was the man who was slanted to utilize all parts of science and innovation as ‘switches of advancement’.
To help the reason for creating India, Vikram Sarabhai established the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. He was a researcher, however a visionary, a pioneer who created science and innovation establishments as well as established the framework of a portion of the formative and the executive’s organizations. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, and the Nehru Foundation for Development are the two world-acclaimed associations built up by this giver. He additionally set up Ahmadabad Textiles Industrial Research Association(ATIRA), Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) and Blind Man Association(BMA). Perhaps the best accomplishment of Vikram Sarabhai was the advancement of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Dr. Sarabhai assumed responsibility as the administrator of the Atomic Energy Commission of India after the passing of physicist Homi Bhabha in 1966. He is the man behind establishments for creating indigenous atomic innovation for resistance. Vikram Sarabhai worked carefully to touch off India’s first satellite, Aryabhata. Shockingly, he had not seen its dispatch in 1975 which occurred four years after Sarabhai’s passing. It was because of his endeavors that this space association appeared. The spearheading work at space science and research done by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai earned him Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in 1962 and Padma Bhushan in 1966. Vikram Sarabhai left the world and climbed the stairway to heaven on 31 December 1971 at Kovalam.
Some quotes by Vikram Sarabhai
- “We look down on our scientists if they engage in outside consultation. We implicitly promote the ivory tower.”
- “One wants permissive individuals who do not have a compelling need to reassure themselves that they are leaders.”
- “He who can listen to music in the midst of noise can achieve great things.”
- “But we are convinced that if we are to play a meaningful role nationally, and in the community of nations, we must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society.”
- “There are some who question the relevance of space activities in a developing nation. To us, there is no ambiguity of purpose. We do not have the fantasy of competing with the economically advanced nations in the exploration of the moon or the planets or manned space-flight. But we are convinced that if we are to play a meaningful role nationally, and in the community of nations, we must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society.”