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Indian scientist and innovator Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

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Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai   ( 1919 – 1971)   He was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India's space programme. Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1962.  He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan  in 1972. Personal Life 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  . The couple had two children. His daughter  Mallika  gained prominence as an actress and activist, and his son  Kartikeya Sarabhai  too became an active person in science. During his lifetime, he practiced  Jainism Professional life Known as the cradle of space sciences in India, the  Physical Research Laboratory   was founded in 1947 by Vikram Sarabhai. PRL  had a modest beginning at his residence, with research on  cosmic rays.