Friday, 12 August 2016

Star of the day Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai August 12, 2016 (AZADI KE PANKH CREATIONS )

Star of the day
Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai
August 12, 2016
(AZADI KE PANKH CREATIONS )

Vikram Amalal Sarabhai
(12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971) was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India's space programme. Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal in 1962. The nation honoured him awarding Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972
Known as the cradle of space sciences in India, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) was founded in 1947 by Vikram Sarabhai. PRL had a modest beginning at his residence, the RETREAT, with research on cosmic rays.

The institute was formally established at the M.G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad, on 11 November 1947 with support from the Karmkshetra Educational Foundation and the Ahmedabad Education Society. Prof. Kalpathi Ramakrishna Ramanathan was the first Director of the institute. The initial focus was research on cosmic rays and the properties of the upper atmosphere. Research areas were expanded to include theoretical physics and radio physics later with grants from the Atomic Energy Commission.

Date of Birth: 12-Aug-1919
Place of Birth: Ahmedabad, Bombay 
 Presidency, British India
Profession: Indian Scientist
Nationality: India