Google Pays Tribute to Indian ophthalmologist – Dr Govindappa Venkatas – Let Us Know More About Him
Today, Google pays tribute to Dr Govinda Venkataswamy, an ophthalmologist, on his 100th birth anniversary with a doodle.
The great ophthalmologist, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, is well known to his friends and patients as Dr. V. He is the founder of the renowned Aravind Eye Hospital. He initially started as a small entity with 11 beds. This hospital is known to change the way ailment related to eyes are treated in the country.
Dr. Govindappa was born on October 1, 1989 in Tamil Nadu’s Vadamalapuram. He was permanently crippled by rheumatoid arthritis at an early age of 30. But, despite his own health issues, nothing could stop him from what he wanted to do.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy attended a school in his village where students would write on sand which collected from riverbank as there was no pencil and paper. He then went on to study Chemistry at American College in Madurai. He then earned a degree of M.D. from Stanley Medical College in Madras in 1944.
After passing out of medical school, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy joined the Indian Army Medical Corps for a career in obstetrics – a branch of medicine related to pregnancy and child birth. However, his career with the Army was short lived as he was crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. It was so severe that Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy was bedridden for about a year.
However, he returned to medical school and earned a degree in ophthalmology in 1951. He learned the procedures of surgery to remove cataract, one of the main causes of blindness.