Scientist

... Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Ahmedabad

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More about Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

Education

Gujarat College, University of Cambridge

Story of life

Indian space program Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Son of Sheth Ambalal Sarabhai, he came from the famous Sarabhai family of India who were major industrialists committed to the Indian independence movement.

Vikram Sarabhai married the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942. The couple had two children.

His daughter Mallika gained prominence as an actress and activist, and his son Kartikeya Sarabhai too became an active person in science. During his lifetime, he practiced Jainism and belonged to the Shrimal Jain community of Ahmedabad.

Famous for

President of the Physics section, Indian Science Congress (1962)

President of the General Conference of the I.A.E.A., Vienna (1970)

Vice-President, Fourth UN Conference on ‘Peaceful uses of Atomic Energy’ (1971)

Achievements

Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971)[8] was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India’s space programme.

Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in 1962.

The nation honoured him awarding Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.

Awards

Padma Bhushan (1966)

Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) (1972)