Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

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Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

Born: 12 August 1919

Died: 30 December 1971

  • He was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India’s space program.
  • He received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in 1962.
  • The nation honored him by awarding Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.
  • 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 the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was the outcome of one such innovative initiative.
  • The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, (VSSC), which is the Indian Space Research Organization’s lead facility for launch vehicle development located in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), capital of Kerala state, is named in his memory.
  • Along with other Ahmedabad-based industrialists, he played a major role in setting up the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
  • Indian Postal Department released a commemorative Postal Stamp On his first death anniversary (30 December 1972)
  • 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.

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