Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Sarabhai: Astounding inspiration in the realm of Science

Did you know that it was Vikram Sarabhai who was responsible for bringing cable TV to India by contacting NASA for the establishment of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE)?

ISRO has set many milestones since 1969, when it was established, but did you know about the young man who initiated India’s space research? Known as the ‘Mahatma Gandhi of Indian Science,‘ without him, India would not be the thriving nation it is today. Today we are going to share the story of a man who was much ahead of his time and was a rare combination of a scientist, an innovator, an industrialist, and a visionary.

Born into a family of industrialists who actively participated in the Quit India Movement of the British Raj, Vikram Sarabhai has been nothing less than a blessing to a young and independent India. He had a particular interest in physics, which deeply affected the later parts of his life. He realised that India had a lot to offer in terms of space research and, hence, decided to help build the country’s space program.

A new telescope that could detect and analyze cosmic rays was developed under Vikram’s supervision. In 1963, along with Homi Bhava, he set up India’s first rocket launching station. On November 21, 1963, India’s first rocket was launched from this space station.

He was visionary and persuasive and focused on increasing the accessibility of science and technology to the common man. Vikram Sarabhai was instrumental in setting up the country’s first space research center, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and oversaw the development of India’s first satellite, Aryabhata.

Vikram Sarabhai was more than a scientist, and his contributions were not confined to the scientific field. He worked for the development of various other fields like education, communication, remote forecasting, and so on.

 

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