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Vikram Sarabhai
(12 Aug 1919 - 30 Dec 1971)

Indian physicist who is regarded as the “father of the Indian space program.” He had the skills of a visionary scientist, and was an innovator in industry.


Science Quotes by Vikram Sarabhai (1 quote)

We look down on our research scientists … if they engage themselves in outside consultation, or if they choose to augment their income from projects of a practical nature. We implicitly promote the ivory tower, the alienation of the persons of insight from those who do things.
— Vikram Sarabhai
In 'Leadership in Science', The Indian Review (Jul-Dec 1966), 65, 293. Also seen condensed to “We look down on our scientists if they engage in outside consultation. We implicitly promote the ivory tower,” as quoted in India Today (Apr 2008), 33, No 16, as cited on webpage of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology.
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Quotes by others about Vikram Sarabhai (7)

Prof. Sarabhai assessed the work capacity of an engineer or a scientist not by his degree or his training, but by his self-confidence.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Capacity (105)  |  Degree (277)  |  Engineer (136)  |  Scientist (881)  |  Self-Confidence (11)  |  Training (92)

Prof. Sarabhai had the keen desire that India must be independent in rocket manufacturing, hence he was always full of zeal to do something new.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Desire (212)  |  Independence (37)  |  India (23)  |  Manufacturing (29)  |  New (1273)  |  Rocket (52)  |  Zeal (12)

[Vikram Sarabhai] always gave new technical knowledge to the engineers and at that moment his face was lit with joy.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Engineer (136)  |  Joy (117)  |  Knowledge (1647)  |  New (1273)  |  Technical (53)

[Vikram Sarabhai] never deviated even in adverse situations, instead he accepted that to err or to forget something in order to learn something is not an offence.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Adversity (6)  |  Error (339)  |  Forgetfulness (8)  |  Learning (291)

[Vikram Sarabhai] said that the performer must have emotional attachment with the project along with the physical: otherwise one can’t attain dedication and devotion for it.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Attachment (7)  |  Attain (126)  |  Dedication (12)  |  Devotion (37)  |  Emotion (106)  |  Project (77)  |  Research (753)

[Vikram Sarabhai] said that if we want to establish ourselves in the world, we have to be self-sufficient and search for new ideas and techniques.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Establish (63)  |  New Ideas (17)  |  Progress (492)  |  Research (753)  |  Search (175)  |  Self-Sufficient (3)  |  Technique (84)  |  World (1850)

[Vikram Sarabhai] informed the whole of his team about any new project and started working on it only after having discussed it with everyone.
As given in narrative form by Mahesh Sharma, P. Bhalla and P.K. Das, in 'Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in the Opinion of Dr. Kalam', Pride Of The Nation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2004), 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Discussion (78)  |  Everyone (35)  |  Inform (50)  |  New (1273)  |  Project (77)  |  Research (753)  |  Start (237)  |  Team (17)  |  Work (1402)


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