Guwahati, August 12, 2019:

As the Chandrayaan-II, India’s first mission to the moon, nears its destination, the international software giants Google have paid a tribute to the legendary scientist, Vikram Sarabhai  (12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971), on his 100th birthday, with a Google ‘Doodle’.

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It is to be mentioned that the ‘Chandrayaan-II’ will drop a lander called Vikram, named after the legendary scientist, on the Earth’s sole satellite on September 7.

The establishment of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was one of Sarabhai’s greatest achievements.

Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1962. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1972.

Son of Ambalal Sarabhai, he came from the famous Sarabhai family of India who were major industrialists committed to the Indian independence movement. Vikram Sarabhai married the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942. The couple had two children. His daughter Mallika gained prominence as a dancer and activist, and his son Kartikeya Sarabhai too became an active person in science. During his lifetime, he practiced Jainism.

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