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Vainu Bappu

Minali Kallat Vainu Bappu was born on August 10, 1927.He was a prominent Indian astronomer who did much to set up new observatories and astronomical research centers in his native country. He was also the president of the International Astronomical Union. Bappu helped establish several astronomical institutions in India including the Vainu Bappu Observatory named after him—and also contributed to the establishment of the modern Indian Institute of Astrophysics.


His Contribution to Astronomy:

His efforts of building an indigenous large optical telescope and a research observatory led to the founding of an optical observatory of Kavalur, inaugurated in 1986 by Rajiv Gandhi, who named the observatory, and its large telescope after Bappu. The Vainu Bappu Observatory is one of the main observatories of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Later, a number of discoveries were made from the Vainu Bappu Observatory.