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 About Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai
 
Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai (1919 - 1971) was born on August 12, 1919 at Ahmedabad to Shri Ambalal Sarabhai and Smt. Sarladevi Sarabhai. He is considered as the 'Father of the Indian Space Programme'. Vikram A. Sarabhai was among the few scientists who devoted their entire life to the progress of science in our country.
 
He was educated at St. John's College , Cambridge University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1940 and a PhD in 1947. He studied cosmic rays under the Nobel laureate Dr.C. V. Raman at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore from 1941 to 1945. His interest in solar physics and cosmic rays led him to set up many observation stations around the country. Vikram Sarabhai established centres for scientific research in several places of India .
 
He was instrumental in establishing the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad. In this, he formed the 'Group for the Improvement of Science Education', in 1963. In the same year, he established the Nehru Foundation for Development, for the study of social and educational problems.
 

In 1966, under its auspices, he established the Community Science Centre, whose object was to spread scientific knowledge, to create interest in science and to promote experimentation among students, teachers and the general public. After the untimely death of Dr. Sarabhai in 1971, the then Prime Minister of India , Smt. Indira Gandhi, renamed the Centre as the Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre, to associate its name with that of its founder.

 

To train efficient managers of factories, he started the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad. Of all the institutions he established the most important were the Indian Space Research Organization with Centres at Thumba, Ahmedabad, Shriharikota and Arvi. He established Rocket Launching Stations at Thumba and Shriharikota. Along with his work on the science front, he took utmost interest and managed family business of Textiles and Pharmaceuticals.

 
He was awarded with many eminent awards like Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in Physics (1962), Padma Bhushan Award (1966) and Padma Vibhushan (1972) after his death.
 
Vikram Sarabhai died at the age of 52 on 31 December 1971.
 
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