PRL honors five scientists to mark birth anniversary of Dr Vikram Sarabhai

PRL honors five scientists to mark birth anniversary of Dr Vikram Sarabhai Eminent space scientists and researchers from across various organizations gathered to mark the birth anniversary of late Dr Vikram Sarabhai on Thursday and paid tributes to the founder of India’s premier space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) organised the event to honor five young scientists. The scientists were given Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research awards and PRL award for 2009.

"If ISRO is doing well and has a great vision, it is only because the vision of its founder is shared by one and all in the organization," said ISRO chairman, Dr K Radhakrishnan at the event.

He further said that the Sarabhai continues to inspire ISRO and other organizations. Mrinalini Sarabhai, wife of Dr Sarabhai was present at the event along with the honored scientists. Officials of PRL, Space Applications Centre and ISRO were also present at the event. PRL director Prof JN Goswami also praised the father of the Indian space programme.

Radhakrishnan described him as an innovative & creative scientist, and a person with a magnetic personality and said that ISRO owns a lot to him. "Coming from an industrial family, Sarabhai brought science into enterprise and enterprise into science. His vision has been a guiding force in development of ISRO," he said.

Prof J Chengalur from National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune, Dr Prakash Chauhan from Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, Prof Abhay Karandikar from IIT, Mumbai and Prof K Sridharan from IIT, Chennai were awarded the Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Awards and PRL Award was given to Dr AK Patra from National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Gadanki (AP).