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Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu

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Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu

Born: 23 March 1893

Died: 4 January 1974

  • He was an Indian inventor and engineer who is also referred to as the Edison of India.
  • He is credited with the manufacture of the first electric motor in India.
  • His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering.
  • He also developed independently internal combustion four stroke engine.
  • He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius. One of his hobbies was to travel by train to nearby cities.
  • He is also referred to as “the wealth creator of Coimbatore”.
  • In 1944, he retired from active involvement with his automobile combine and announced several philanthropic measures including grants for research scholarships and welfare schemes for his employees and the depressed sections of society.
  • In 1967, the G D Naidu Industrial Exhibition was established.

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