History

1947
1947
Founded in 1947 by Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) had a modest beginning at his residence, the RETREAT, with research on Cosmic Rays.
1947
1947
The Laboratory was formally established on November 11, 1947, in the M. G. Science College, Ahmedabad, with support from the Karmkshetra Educational Foundation and the Ahmedabad Education Society. The initial focus was research on Cosmic Rays and the properties of the Upper Atmosphere. Research in Theoretical Physics and Radio Physics were added later with grants from the Atomic Energy Commission.
1950
1950
Formation of First Council of Management with following members :
Dr. S. S. Bhatnagar, FRS
Dr. K. S. Krishnan, FRS
Dr. Y. G. Naik
Dr. V. A. Sarabhai
Dr. K. R. Ramanathan
1951
1951
First Ozone Measurement Station at Mt. Abu
1952
1952
Foundation of PRL Campus laid by Sir C.V. Raman
1954
1954
Inauguration of Main Campus by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
1954
1954
PRL Main Campus
1963
1963
Registration as a Trust by a Quadripartite agreement between :
(Department of Atomic Energy) Govt. of India
Gujarat Of Government
Karmakshetra Education Foundation
Ahmedabad Education Society
1979
1979
Infra-red Telescope at Mt.Abu
1980
1980
Udaipur Solar Observatory becomes a part of PRL
1980
1980
Thaltej Campus

Scientific Milestones

1950s
Cosmic Rays
Atomospheric Sciences
1960s
Theoretical Physics
Radio Physics
1970s
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Infra-Red Astronomy
1980s
Particle Physics
Solar Physics
1990s
Laser Physics and Quantum Optics
Non-linear Dynamics and Computational Physics
Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology
2000s
Quantum Information
Solar X-ray Astronomy (SOXS)
Submillimeter Astronomy
Planetary Exploration