Google today on 1st October 2018, celebrates Indian ophthalmologist, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy 100th birth anniversary with a Doodle.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy who dedicated his life to eliminating needless blindness, got into the limelight when he developed an innovative high quality, high volume, low-cost equipment model that brought back sights of millions of people.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy is the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, (1976) Madurai, Chennai. It is the largest provider of eye care in the world.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy was born on 1st October 1918 in Vadamalapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. He died at the age of 87 years on 7th July 2006 at Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy took the bachelor degree in arts in chemistry in 1938 from American College, Madurai. In 1944 he received his medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, graduating second in his class. In 1951 he qualified with an MSc in Ophthalmology at Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Madras.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy was awarded Padma Shri Award in the year 1973 by the Government of India.