Creator of Organizations
Sarabhai was immersed in scientific research. He wanted that science and technology should
grow together, that
intelligent young men should be trained in science and technology and that the right
atmosphere for their work should be created in the country. For this purpose he
established several organizations. The very first one was his, own Physical Research
Laboratory at Ahmedabad. In this, he formed the 'Group for the Improvement of Science
Education', in 1963.
In 1947, when he was only 28 years old, he was entrusted with the organization of the
Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association. He ' had then no experience of textile
mills or textile technology. Yet, with great confidence, he built up the institution.
In 1963, he established the Nehru Foundation for Development, for the study of social and
educational problems. In 1966, under its auspices, he established the Community Science
Center, whose object was to spread scientific knowledge, to create interest in science and
to promote experimentation among students, teachers and the general public. To train
efficient managers of factories, he started the Indian Institute of Management at
Of all the institutions he established the most important were the Indian Space Research
Organization with Centers at Thumba (near Trivandrum), Ahmedabad, Shriharikota (north of
Madras) and Arvi (near Bombay). At Thumba and Shriharikota he established Rocket Launching
There is an organization called Pugwash
Continuing Committee whose aim is to establish peace on earth and promote disarmament,
particularly of dangerous weapons, all over the world. Sarabhai founded the Indian Branch
of this Committee.
In the midst of all this work, he had set apart sometime for the pharmaceutical industry.
He was one of those who wanted to preserve the highest standards in the manufacture of