Vikram Sarabhai, also known as the father of India’s space program. Vikram Sarabhai was born on 12th August 1919 in Ahmedabad. He was instrumental in setting up India’s Space Research Organisation on 15th August 1969.
It is his 100th birth anniversary this year and t celebrate his 100th birthday, ISRO has decided to plan100 events in 100 cities. The events will begin from 12 August 2019 in Ahmedabad and conclude in Thiruvanathapuram, where Vikram Sarabhai took his last breath on 30th December 1971. The first event in Ahmedabad will be a curtain-raiser.ISRO plans to capture the entire journey of the eminent scientist in several exhibitions that it plans to conduct over the next year. The inaugural event in Ahmedabad would also witness participation from school students and noted scientists from Isro, the Department of Space and the Department of Atomic Energy during the events.
The establishment of ISRO was one of the greatest achievements by Vikram Sarabhai, he managed to convince the government about the importance of space program for a country like India to develop. Other than establishing ISRO, there were several awards won by the great scientist, he received Shanti Swarup Prize in 1962, Padma Bhusan in 1966 and Padma Vibhisan in 1972 (posthumously).
- Google Doodle celebrates Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th Birthday.
Vikram Sarabhai held several distinguished positions during his lifetime:
- President of the Physics section, Indian Science Congress (1962)
- President of the General Conference of the I.A.E.A., Vienna (1970)
- Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India (1966–1971)
- Vice-President, Fourth UN Conference on ‘Peaceful uses of Atomic Energy’ (1971)
- Founder and Chairman (1963–1971), Space Applications Centre
The lander of Chandrayan 2 India’s second mission to the moon is named “Vikram” to honor late Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, also it is named “Vikram” as apart of centenary celebration of Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th birthday.
Many people on social media platforms like twitter paid tribute to Vikram Sarabhai on his 100th birthday.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 12, 2019
Celebrating India’s Heroes beyond Politics. Commemorating the 100th Birth Anniversary of the Father of India’s Space Programme Dr. Vikram Sarabhai on @NewsX . #VikramSarabhai pic.twitter.com/isB4RHiO26
— Sanchaita Gajapati (@sanagajapati) August 11, 2019