Google on Monday celebrated the 100th Birth Anniversary of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian space programme with a Doodle. He established the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, which was later renamed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Born on August 12, 1919, in Ahmedabad, Vikram matriculated from the Gujarat College in Ahmedabad after clearing the Intermediate science examination. After that, he moved to England and joined the St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. Vikram then went on to receive the Tripos in Natural Sciences from Cambridge in 1940.
A great institution builder established or helped set up a large number of institutions in diverse fields, he founded Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on November 11, 1947.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thiruvananthapuram today is the major centre of ISRO, where the design and development activities of satellite launch vehicles and sounding rockets are carried out and made ready for launch operations.
He also founded a Community Science Centre at Ahmedabad in 1966. Today, the Centre is called the Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre.
He was also Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Along with other Ahmedabad-based industrialists, he played a major role in the creation of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Vikram was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972. He passed away in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, on December 30, 1971.
Vikram Sarabhai's doodle was created by Mumbai-based artist Pavan Rajurkar.