Google Doodle is celebrating Dr. Vikram Sarabhai's birth centenary

Just after India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai's centenary is falling on Monday, August 12, 2019. Dr. Sarabhai, a scientist and an innovator, is considered as the father of India's space program. Google is celebrating his 100th birth anniversary with a doodle. The doodle is created by Mumbai-based artist Pavan Rajurkar.

From the famous Sarabhai family of India, he was born in Ahmedabad, in 1919. His father was Ambalal Sarabhai. He was married to the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942. Dr. Sarabhai attended Gujarat College and later earned his doctorate at Cambridge University. On his return to India, he founded the Physical Research Laboratory(PRL) in Ahmedabad on November 11, 1947, at the age of 28 years.

After Russia's Sputnik launch, he managed to convince the Indian government of the importance of having its own space program for India. Later, he established the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, which was then renamed as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He had worked on India's first satellite, Aryabhata, which was put in orbit in 1975 from a Russisan Cosmodrome, after four years of his death.

He also established Operations Research Group(ORG) , the first market research organization in India. He set up many institutes like the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, the Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) and various other projects.

Dr. Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1962. Later, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1972, a year after his death.

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