Today Google Doodle celebrates ISRO Founder Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th birthday
On the 12th of August, Google is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Vikram Sarabhai, the renowned scientist, and innovator with its doodle. Just weeks after India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon came the birthday of Dr. Sarabhai who is considered as the father of India’s space program.
Dr. Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad in 1919. He earned his doctorate from Cambridge. In November 1947 he founded the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad. After Russia’s Sputnik launch on October 4 in1957, he managed to convince the Indian government for the need for India as a developing country, to have its own space program.
Today what we know as ISRO was formerly known as the Indian National Committee for Space Research during its formation in 1962, which was established by Dr. Sarabhai. He helped to set up the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, with its inaugural flight in November 1963.
Apart from ISRO and PRL, he established several others institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, Community Science Centre, and the Darpan Academy for Performing Arts which he set up with his wife Mrinalini, a renowned dancer.