Toronto Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): 100th birth anniversary of Indian scientist and innovator Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, considered as the father of India's space program, is being celebrated across India today by Google, the search engine giant with a doodle on its homepage, media reports said.
Vikram Sarabhai. Image credit: Google Doodle
Sarabhai is being honoured today by Google Doodle with an illustration by Mumbai-based artist Pavan Rajurkar.
Google's homepage is often decorated with doodle to mark special events, days and birth anniversaries of important personalities.
"Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar, celebrates the 100th birthday of award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai, remembered by many as the father of India’s space program. Beyond his personal interest in cosmic rays, rockets, and satellites, Dr. Sarabhai believed in using science and technology as “levers of development," read the Google Doodle website.
ISRO, called earlier as the Indian National Committee for Space Research, was established by him in 1962. This led to the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India, with its first successful launch on November 21st, 1963. He realized his dream of an Indian satellite when Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975.
Born in Ahmedabad in 1919 on this day, Sarabhai had earned his doctorate from Cambridge University.
Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad was founded in 1947 by Sarabhai, after his return to India at the age of 28. He also founded the Indian Institute of Management, and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. He also was a chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission.
A crater on the moon was named in his honour in 1973. ISRO also launched the Chandrayaan-2 this year and the Vikram lander is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7.