Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai born on 12 August 1919 was an Indian physicist. He is considered the father of India’s space programme. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was born in the city of Ahmedabad, in Gujarat state in western India. The Sarabhai family was an important and rich Jain business family. His father Ambalal Sarabhai was an affluent industrialist, owned many textiles mills in Gujarat, and devoted his life to poor people.
He played an important role in the establishment of ISRO. He convinced the government about the importance of setting up a space programme for a developing country like India. He found the cradle of space sciences, Physical Research Laboratory in 1947. He passed away on 30 December 1971.
The nation honoured him by awarding Padmabhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 1972.