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12 August : Dr. Vikram Sarabhai's birth anniversary
Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

"He who can listen to the music in the midst of noise can achieve great things." - Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (b. 12 August 1919 - d. 30 December 1971) was an Indian physicist. He is considered the father of India's space programme. He was born in Ahmedabad, in an important and rich Jain business family. His father Ambalal Sarabhai was an affluent industrialist and owned many textiles mills in Gujarat. Vikram Sarabhai matriculated from the Gujarat College in Ahmedabad after passing the Intermediate Science examination. After that, he moved to England and joined the St. John's College, University of Cambridge. He received the Tripos in Natural Sciences from Cambridge in 1940. He then returned to India to become a research scholar under Sir C. V. Raman in Bangalore. He began to research cosmic rays, taking field measurements across India. He returned to Cambridge in 1945 and received his doctorate there in 1947 for researching photo-fission.

Sarabhai returned to an independent India in 1947. Looking at the needs of the country, he persuaded charitable trusts controlled by his family and friends to endow a research institution near his home in Ahmedabad. This led to the creation of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad on 11th November, 1947. The establishment of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was one of his greatest achievements. He successfully convinced the government of the importance of a space programme for a developing country like India after the Russian Sputnik launch. He was honored as an innovator, an industrialist and a visionary. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was awarded with Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in 1962 and Padma Bhushan in 1966. Asteroid 2987 Sarabhai is named in his honor, as is the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, (VSSC), a research institute specialising in solid and liquid propellants for rockets in Trivandrum. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai died on 30th December 1971 at Halcyon Castle, Kovalam, Kerala. He was visiting Thiruvananthapuram to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Thumba railway station being built to service the newly created Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station.

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