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10 Untold Facts About The Great Indian Scientist

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The day of April 19, 1975, is written in golden letters of Indian history. On this day ISRO successfully launched its first satellite ‘Aryabhata’ into space, surprising the whole world. Today we will know about 10 Untold Facts About The Great Indian Scientist of country India.

The role of the great scientist Dr Vikram Sarabhai in achieving this position was invaluable. He had started efforts many years ago to make India strong in the field of space science and under his leadership, the country’s first rocket was launched from Thumba village in Kerala in November 1963. Because of these efforts, he is considered the father of India’s space program.

Dr Vikram Sarabhai: Facts About The Great Indian Scientist

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai played an important role from ISRO to the establishment of IIM, Ahmedabad. Today we are going to tell you some unheard facts about him.

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Born in the house of freedom fighters

Vikram Sarabhai was born on 12 August 1919 in an aristocratic family in Ahmedabad. Vikram had eight siblings and his father Ambalal Sarabhai was a Gandhian, apart from being a big textile businessman.

Ambalal donated a lot of money to Sabarmati Ashram in difficult circumstances. Apart from this, Mridula Sarabhai, sister of Vikram Sarabhai, played an important role in the freedom struggle.

Doctoral degree achieved under the leadership of Dr. CV Raman

Vikram Sarabhai, after completing his studies from Gujarat College, went to Cambridge University in 1937, where he enrolled in Natural Science. But after the start of the Second World War, he had to return to India.

Father Of Indian Space Program Dr Vikram Sarabhai
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After returning to India, he started working at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and began researching cosmic rays under the supervision of Nobel Prize laureate Dr. CV Raman. He completed his PhD in the year 1917.

Indian space program started in Ahmedabad home

Vikram Sarabhai had a small bungalow in Shahibagh of Ahmedabad. Converting a room in his bungalow into an office, the versatile Sarabhai started working on the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL).

Sarabhai started PRL in 1947 and after independence, he worked hard to give it a new height. Then, in 1952, his mentor CV Raman laid the foundation stone of the new PRL Campus. It is the result of the tireless efforts of Vikram Sarabhai that today this institute is the most prestigious institute in the field of space and related science.

Convinced the government to establish ISRO at a young age

While most of us today seem to be struggling to find our goals in our youth, Dr. Sarabhai started advocating for setting up a special agency before the government at the age of just 28.

During this, Russia successfully launched Sputnik and after that they assured the Indian government that a developing country like India can also go to the moon.

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Thus, ISRO was established in 1959. On one occasion, he had said, “Some people raise questions about the space activity of developing countries. But we are clear about our objectives.

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We don’t aspire to compete with developed nations in moon or planetary exploration or manned spaceflight. But we believe that one should be second to none in solving the country’s problems through advanced technologies.

The country’s first rocket launched

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was one of the most visionary scientists of all time. On November 21, 1963, under his leadership, the country’s first rocket was launched from a small village named Thumba in Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr Vikram Sarabhai: Facts About The Great Indian Scientist
Vikram Sarabhai And Cv Raman At The Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore

There were no buildings on the Thumba Equatorial rocket launch. Therefore, with the permission of the then bishop there, the church was given the form of a control room. Today it is known as Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.

Recognize the talent of APJ Abdul Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam was also included as a young scientist who launched the country’s first rocket. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai not only interviewed Dr. Abdul Kalam but also played an important role in grooming him.

Regarding this, Dr. Kalam once said, “Despite not being highly qualified, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai noticed me because I was working hard. As a young scientist, he entrusted me with many responsibilities to move forward. He was with me in every difficult time.”

Played an important role in launching ‘Aryabhatta’

In the year 1971, this great scientist died at the age of 52. But he started trying to build India’s first satellite much earlier. His research on cosmic rays and the upper atmosphere remains a milestone even today.

Cable TV launched in India

After the death of Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha in a plane crash in 1966, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was elected as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Soon after, he started communicating with the US space agency NASA regarding the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE).

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Due to his efforts, SITE was launched in 1975. This was the first major partnership between India and the US in the field of space science. It was also the first attempt to use technology to promote education in the country. This is the turning point in the history of Indian television.

A significant contribution was also made in establishing IIM Ahmedabad

Apart from establishing the most prestigious scientific organizations of the country, he was instrumental in starting the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. IIM Ahmedabad is the first program of its kind in the country. Today it is counted among the most successful management institutes in the country.

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