14 May, 2021

Vikram A. Sarabhai

Vikram A. Sarabhai
The term "Renaissance man" may have well been invented for Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai. Space scientist, builder of institutions, industrialist, management expert, educationist, connoisseur of the arts. Student of Nobel laureate C.V. Raman, he founded the Physical Research Laboratory in 1947, which would turn out to be the cradle of India's space research efforts. In 1962, he took over responsibility of organising space research in India as chairman of the Indian National Committee for Space Research. He directed the setting up of the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and initiated a programme for the manufacture of the French Centaur sounding rockets in India. In 1966, he was appointed chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and dreamed up ambitious plans to use nuclear power for the industrial development of backward areas. A visionary and a firm believer in the power of science to transform lives, he planned to take education to remote villages through satellite...

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