Monday, August 12, 2019

Google doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Vikram Sarabhai

Google doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Vikram Sarabhai

Google doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Vikram Sarabhai

 He is regarded as the father of the space program of India and was instrumental in setting up the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Google today celebrated Vikram Ambalalal Sarabhai's 100th birthday, one of India's biggest researchers and considered India's space program's dad with a Doodle.

This comes as a coincidence as India introduced Chandrayaan2 spacecraft to the moon on September 7, with the landing anticipated.

Sarabhai was also the Atomic Energy Commission's chairman. Together with other industrialists based in Ahmedabad, he played a significant part in creating the Indian Management Institute, Ahmedabad.

One of Sarabhai's biggest accomplishments was the establishment of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Following the launch of the Russian Sputnik, he effectively persuaded the government of the significance of a space program for a developing country like India.

Sarabhai once said, stressing the significance of the space program, "There are some who question the significance of a developing nation's space operations. There's no ambiguity of intent for us. We don't have the fantasy of competing in the exploration of the moon or the planets or manned space flight with the economically advanced nations.

Sarabhai actually launched a project to manufacture and launch an Indian Satellite. As a consequence, a Russian cosmodrome placed the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, into orbit in 1975.

India's space program has come a long way from that tiny start to the recent Chandrayaan2 launch, with plenty more to come, including sending a person into space.

Recalling Sarabhai on his birth centenary, President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet, "Dr. Sarabhai was a stalwart of Indian science considered the father of our space program. He has built several institutions; he has mentored and inspired scientist generations. We value his services and his heritage.

After returning from Cambridge in 1947, Vikram Sarabhai persuaded his family and friends of charitable trusts to set up a research institution near Ahmedabad's home. Thus, when he was only 28 years old, the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad arose. His long and illustrious journey continued to build the space program of India from this small start.

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