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About Indian Scientist Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram ambalal sarabhai (12 August 1919–30 December 1971)was an Indian physicist and astronomer. Who helped developed nuclear power in India and honoured with Padma bhushan in 1966 and the Padma vibhushan in 1972. He recognised as father of Indian space program also called father of ISRO.

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Vikram Sarabhai
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Sarabhai signing a space research cooperation agreement at NASA in 1969
Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

12 August 1919[1]
Ahmedabad, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died30 December 1971 (aged 52)
Halcyon Castle, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Known forfather of Indian space program
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Spouse(s)Mrinalini Sarabhai
ChildrenMallika Sarabhai (daughter)
Kartikeya Sarabhai (son)
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1966)
Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) (1972)
Scientific career
InstitutionsIndian Space Research Organisation
Physical Research Laboratory
Doctoral advisorC. V. Raman
Doctoral studentsUdupi Ramachandra Rao
Vikram Sarabhai
Chairman, Indian National Committee for Space Research and Indian Space Research Organisation
In office
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byM. G. K. Menon

Personal life

He was the son ofambalal sarabhai, he came from the famous family of India. Vikram sarabhai married the classical dancer mrinalini in 1942. I had two childrens one of his daughter Mallika and son kartikeya to became an active person in science. He attended Gujarat college later shifted to the University of Cambridge England where he took his tripos in natural sciences in 1940.


The physical research laboratory was founded in 1947 by Vikram sarabhai. PRL had a modest beginning at his residence, the "RETREAT", visit research on cosmic rays. The initial focus was research on cosmic rays and the properties of the upper atmosphere.research areas were expanded to include theoretical physics and radio physics later with grants from the atomic energy commission.

He led the sarabhai family-owned business conglomerate. His interests varied from science to sports statistics. He set up the operations research group,the first market research organisation in the country. He founded Darpana academy of performing arts. Other projects and institutions initiated for established by him including the fast breeder test reactor in Kalpakkam, variable energy cyclotron project in Calcutta, electronic corporation of India limited in Hyderabad and uranium corporation of India limited in Jaduguda, Jharkhand.

Sarabhai started a project for the fabrication and launch of Indian satellite. As a result, the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was put in orbit in 1975 from Russian cosmodrome.

Indian institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

The decade following independence in 1947 was a witness to a surge of innovative ideas to build a fledgling independent Nation into a model democratic state committed to growth with equity in the development of its people. The establishment of Indian institute of Management, Ahmedabad was the outcome of one such innovative initiative. Vikram sarabhai and kastur bhai lalbhai Bhai bahut natives of Gujarat work primary responsible establishment of IIM in Ahmedabad.

Distinguished positions

  • President of the physics section
  • President of the general conference of the IAEA, Vienna (1970)
  • Chairman of the atomic energy commission of India
  • Vice president, fourth UN conference on 'peaceful uses of atomic Energy'.
  •  Founder and chairman of space application centre.


  • Vikram sarabhai Space centre
  •  Played a major role in setting up of the Indian institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Indian postal department released a commemorative postal stamp on his first death anniversary.
  • In 1973, the international astronomical Union decided that a lunar crater, Bessel A, in the sea of serenity will be known as the sarabhai crater.
  • The lander on India's mission Moon chandrayaan 2 which was to land near the South Pole of the moon on 26 September, 2019 was named Vikram in his honour.
  •  Former world quiz champion Vikram Joshi was named after him.

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