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History of G.T Naidu (Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu)

Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu

Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu
BornMarch 23, 1893,
Kalangal, Coimbatore, India
Died4 January 1974
Known for
G. D. Naidu (Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu)(Tamil: கோபால்சாமி துரைசாமி நாயுடு) (b: 1893 - d: 1974) was an Indian inventor and engineer who is also referred to as the Edison of India.[1] 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 had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius. Among his hobbies was train travel to nearby cities..

Early life

Naidu was born on March 23, 1893, in a kamma naidu family at Kalangal, near Coimbatore.His Father's name was Gopalaswamy Naidu. He began his transport business in 1920, with the purchase of an automobile coach. He drove it between Pollachi and Palani. In a few years, his Universal Motor Service (UMS) owned the most efficient fleet of public transport vehicles in the country[citation needed]. In 1937, the first motor to be produced in India, was brought out from G D Naidu's UMS factory.


G.D.Naidu went to Europe to spend his summer time at 1932. G.D.Naidu went to Marshalls and Hanavel cities first in Germany. Kun's couple gave the warm welcome to G.D.Naidu and they treat him well. At 1929, Kun's couple came to the Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. They have come to Coimbatore, India to do his Rubber business. G.D.Naidu had the opportunities to see the Scientific Research centers at Germany. G.D.Naidu also went to the city named 'Heilbronn 'at Germany. He finally tested the Electric Razor (Razant) device manufacturing process. Success in that Research gave a boost in his confidence level in Invention of the Electric Razor (Razant) nowadays also Razor has a very good market internationally. He collected the knowledge at Research centers located at Germany.

G.D.Naidu also met the Engineers and discussed with them regarding his Ideas. We must be proud of having this great Scientist of Tamilnadu. Naidu invented anElectric razor (Rasant) that gave users more shaves than the other existing options in the international market. Among his other inventions were super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan. In 1941, he announced that he had the ability to manufacture five-valve Radio sets in India at a mere Rs 70/- a set. In 1952, the two-seater petrol engine car (costing a mere Rs 2,000/-) rolled out. But production was stopped subsequently, because of the Government's refusal to grant the necessary license. His inventiveness was not confined to machinery alone. He is said to have grown ten feet high Cotton plants, millet plants with high yields and several injections for plants that made possible what Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (Sir C. V. Raman) called "Botanic marvels"[citation needed].

In 1935, he personally filmed the funeral of King George V at London. In 1936, he met Adolf Hitler in Germany[citation needed].He invited King MakerK. Kamaraj in many functions. Among the Indian stalwarts that G D Naidu's camera captured were Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru and Subash Chandra Bose. G D Naidu remained an outsider to Politics, despite having contested and lost in the 1936 Provincial General Elections. He was gifted Rolls Royce car and he was the only one who had at those times.

In 1944, Naidu 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. Through Naidu's efforts and donations the Arthur Hope Polytechnic and the Arthur Hope College of Engineering were set up. In 1967, the G D Naidu Industrial Exhibition was established.

He died on the 4th of January, 1974. Sir C V Raman said of Naidu: A great educator, an entrepreneur in many fields of engineering and industry, a warm-hearted man filled with love for his fellows and a desire to help them in their troubles, Mr Naidu is truly a man in a million - perhaps this is an understatement![citation needed]

An Industrial Exhibition is held in Coimbatore, in his name. He started the first Engineering college at Coimbatore (now known as Government College of Technology). He provided employment in the engineering and manufacturing sectors to many individuals in the nineteen fifties and sixties.

G. D. Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore is named after him.[2] It is managed by his daughter-in-law Mrs. Chandra Gopal. His grandson Mr.Rajkumar now runs the Geedee industries. There is also a driving school by his name, in Coimbatore.

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